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

Durning Early Origins



The surname Durning 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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Durning Spelling Variations


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Durning Spelling Variations



The search for the origins of the name Durning family name revealed numerous spelling variations. These variants can be somewhat accounted for when it is realized that before widespread literacy people only recognized their name by pronunciation; it was up to scribes to decide how it was to be formally recorded. Variations found include Durnan, Durnane, Durneen, Durnin, Durnain, Dornan, Dornain and many more.

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Durning Early History


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Durning Early History



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

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Durning Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Durning Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Durning or a variant listed above:

Durning Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Durning arrived in Philadelphia in 1858

Durning Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Rosey Durning, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Mary Durning arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
  • Hugh Durning arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
  • Catharine Durning arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834

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Contemporary Notables of the name Durning (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Durning (post 1700)



  • Harry Michael Durning (1887-1958), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940; U.S. Collector of Customs, 1933-53
  • Charles Durning (b. 1923), American soldier in World War II, during which he was awarded a Silver Star and three Purple Heart medals. He went on to become an Academy Award winning actor of stage and screen

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    5. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. 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.
    8. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    9. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Durning Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Durning 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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