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The ancestral home of the Durr family was in the German state of Bavaria. Durr is a local name for a person who lived on a dry, barren land. The name Durr is derived from the Old German word durri and the German word dürre, which mean barren or infertile.

Durr Early Origins



The surname Durr was first found in Franconia, where the name Duerer could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

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Durr Spelling Variations


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Durr Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Durr include Durr, Duerer, Duere, Duerr, Duer, Dur, Durre, Duerre, Dueren, Duerman and many more.

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Durr Early History


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Durr Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durr research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1471, 1528, 1690, 1784, and 1856 are included under the topic Early Durr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Durr Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Durr Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Durr 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



Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Durr or a variant listed above:

Durr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Loerens Durr, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • Sebastian Durr, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • Hans Georg Durr, who arrived in America in 1747
  • Michael Durr, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Jacob Durr, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Durr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Conr Durr, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • George Durr, aged 34, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • Alexander Durr, who settled in Philadelphia in 1840
  • Carl Durr, aged 22, landed in New York in 1854
  • Margar Durr, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Durr (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Durr (post 1700)



  • Virginia Durr, American Democrat politician, National Democratic Candidate for Presidential Elector for Alabama, 1968
  • Peter W. Durr, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1904
  • Clifford Judkins Durr (b. 1899), American Democrat politician, Member, Federal Communications Commission, 1941-48
  • Alfred Dürr (1918-2011), German musicologist
  • Clifford Durr, Birmingham, Alabama lawyer, known for defending political activists, who represented Rosa Parks in Federal court after the Montgomery Bus Boycott

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    6. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    7. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    8. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    9. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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    The Durr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Durr 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 11:52.

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