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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



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. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    6. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. 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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