Durnin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of the Irish name Durnin was O Duirnin or O Dornian, possibly derived from the word "dorn," which means "fist." [1]

Early Origins of the Durnin family

The surname Durnin was first found in County Antrim (Irish: Aontroim) located in the province of Ulster in present day Northern Ireland. The name is also specific to "Ballydurnian in County Antrim, but Durnian is the more usual form in west Ulster." [2]

Early History of the Durnin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durnin research. Another 164 words (12 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Durnin family (pre 1700)

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United States Durnin migration to the United States +

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, who settled in Newcastle in Co. Delaware in 1827
  • Patrick Durnin, who landed in New York in 1845 [3]
  • Catharine Durnin, aged 20, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864 [3]
  • Margaret Durnin, aged 18, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864 [3]
  • John Durnin, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1868

Canada Durnin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Durnin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Durnin, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Wilhelmina" departing 8th May 1847 from Belfast, Ireland; the ship arrived on 20th June 1847 but he died on board [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Durnin (post 1700) +

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

  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
  2. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Supplement to Irish Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 74)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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