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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.
Early Origins of the Durran family
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.
Early History of the Durran family
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.
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.
Early Notables of the Durran family (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.
Migration of the Durran family to the New World and Oceana
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..