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The original Gaelic form of the Irish name Durnin was O Duirnin or O Dornian, possibly derived from the word "dorn," which means "fist."

Durnin Early Origins



The surname Durnin was first found in County Antrim (Irish: Aontroim) located in the province of Ulster in present day Northern Ireland, where they had been anciently seated for many centuries and held territories in that county.

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Durnin Spelling Variations


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Durnin Spelling Variations



The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name Durnin revealed spelling variations, including Durnan, Durnane, Durneen, Durnin, Durnain, Dornan, Dornain and many more.

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Durnin Early History


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Durnin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durnin research. Another 321 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1596 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Durnin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Durnin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Durnin Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Durnin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Durnin:

Durnin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Durnin settled in Newcastle in Co. Delaware in 1827
  • Patrick Durnin, who landed in New York in 1845
  • Catharine Durnin, aged 20, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864
  • Margaret Durnin, aged 18, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864
  • John Durnin arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1868

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Contemporary Notables of the name Durnin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Durnin (post 1700)



  • John T. Durnin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1948
  • John I. Durnin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940
  • Eugene Durnin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 13th District, 1894
  • Edward Durnin, American Democrat politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Dover 5th Ward; Elected 1938
  • Beatrice E. Durnin, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1944
  • John Paul Durnin (b. 1965), English former footballer who played from 1986 to 2004
  • Richard Durnin, American Lecturer in Haverhill, Massachusetts

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
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    The Durnin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Durnin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 4 November 2015 at 11:49.

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