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Gaelic is at the heart of all the Irish surnames that can be found throughout the world today. The original Gaelic form of the name Durran is O Deoradhain, which was later shortened to O Deorain. Both names are probably derived from the word deoradh, referring to an exile.

Durran Early Origins



The surname Durran was first found in Leix (Irish: Laois) formerly known as Queen's County, located in central Ireland, in Leinster Province, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Durran Spelling Variations


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Durran Spelling Variations



Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Durran are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include Doran, Dorran, O'Doran, O'Deorain, Dorain, Doron and others.

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Durran Early History


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Durran Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durran research. Another 324 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1523, 1540, 1807, 1814, 1835, 1878, and 1885 are included under the topic Early Durran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Durran Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Durran Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family name at this time was Maurice Doran, Bishop of Leighlin who was murdered by his archdeacon in 1523; Charles Guilfoyle Doran (1835-1909), Irish...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Durran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Ireland saw an enormous decrease in its population in the 19th century due to immigration and death. This pattern of immigration began slowly in the late 18th century and gradually grew throughout the early portion of the 19th century. However, a dramatic increase in the country's immigration numbers occurred when the Great Potato Famine struck in the 1840s. The early immigrants to North America were primarily destined to be farmers tending to their own plot of land, those that came later initially settled within pre-established urban centers. These urban immigrants provided the cheap labor that the fast developing United States and soon to be Canada required. Regardless of their new lifestyle in North America, the Irish immigrants to the United States and Canada made invaluable contributions to their newly adopted societies. An investigation of immigrant and passenger lists revealed many Durrans: Bernard, Bridget, Daniel, Francis, Hugh, James, John, Martin, Mary, Michael, Patrick, Robert, Thomas, and William Doran, arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865..

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    4. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    6. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    11. ...

    The Durran Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Durran 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 27 October 2010 at 13:31.

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