The region of Dauphine, in the French Alps, was the ancestral homeland of the prestigious surname Durrand. The surname Durrand is a nickname
surname, which belongs to the category of surnames known as hereditary surnames
. This particular surname was originally derived from the Old French word durant, which means enduring. It was a nickname commonly used for a stubborn, unbending person. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Durrand family
The surname Durrand was first found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where the family dates back to as early as 1095 when a member of the De Durand family took part in a Crusade. Ponce De Durant and Humbert, his brother, are mentioned in two charters dating 1188 and 1205.
Early History of the Durrand family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durrand research.Another 375 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1175, 1256, 1380, 1485, 1566, 16, , 1589, 1500, 1600, 1721, 1815, 1789 and 1814 are included under the topic Early Durrand History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Durrand Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Durand, Durant, Durrand, Durrant, Durant, Durrant, Durend, Durrend, Durent, Durrent, Duran, Durran, Duranc, Durranc, De Durand, De Durant, Duranti, De Durand, De Durant, Durante, Durrante, Durande and many more.
Early Notables of the Durrand family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Jean-Etienne Duranti who received his Doctorate of Law, became the Attorney General, and the President of the Parliament of Toulouse, but was murdered by members of a league on February 16, 1589. His bust is at the Salle des Illustres and a street... Another 237 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Durrand Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Durrand family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: M. Durand who settled in Texas in 1845; Mrs Durand, aged 31, settled in New York in 1823 with 5 children; Mrs Durand, aged 49, settled in New York in 1823 with child.
The Durrand Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fert patriae facilem annonam
Motto Translation: Brings the country an easy market