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Multiple Origins for the Surname Durrant



The distinguished surname Durrant was first brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is patronymic in origin, signifying "the son of Durant," an Old French personal name. Looking at records from this time, we found Geoffry, Roger and Henry Durant who claimed descent from Normandy c. 1180-95 while another census in 1198, lists Aceline, Ralph, Richard, and Robert Durant.

Durrant Early Origins



The surname Durrant was first found in Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and Shropshire at Tong, a parish, in the union of Shiffnall, Shiffnall division of the hundred of Brimstree. "Tong Castle, the seat of the family of Durant, a magnificent mansion remodelled in the last century, is crowned with numerous turrets, pinnacles, and eight lofty domes, producing a striking effect: it contains many valuable pictures and cabinets." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Another branch of the family were found at Wallingswells in the West Riding of Yorkshire. "In excavating near the house [of Sir Thomas Woolaston White], in 1829, several stone coffins were found, and amongst them that of Dame Margery Dourant, second abbess of the convent, who died in the reign of Richard I ([1189-1199)]." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Durrant Spelling Variations


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Durrant Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Durrant family name include Durand, Durant, Durande, Durrane, Dant, Dante and many more.

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Durrant Early History


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Durrant Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durrant research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1140 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Durrant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Durrant Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Durrant Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Durrant family to immigrate North America:

Durrant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Durrant, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Durrant, who arrived with his wife and servants in Barbados in 1680
  • Thomas Durrant arrived with his wife and servants in Barbados in 1680

Durrant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Durrant, who settled in Maryland in 1774
  • Thomas Durrant settled in Maryland in 1774

Durrant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Durrant, who arrived in New York in 1846

Durrant Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Horace W Durrant, who landed in Mississippi in 1905

Durrant Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Durrant, who landed in Canada in 1832

Durrant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Durrant arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA WATSON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846IsabellaWatson.htm
  • David Durrant arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1849
  • Jonathan Durrant, aged 37, a bricklayer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel"

Durrant Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Durrant, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • F. Durrant arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Golconda" in 1859
  • James Durrant, aged 45, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Mary Durrant, aged 45, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Emma Durrant, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Durrant (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Durrant (post 1700)



  • Winnie Durrant, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2000
  • Joyce Durrant, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1996
  • H. W. Durrant, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 1908
  • William James Durrant, American historian, philosopher and teacher
  • Richard Durrant Dip RCM, ARCM, FLCM (b. 1962), English guitarist & multi-instrumentalist
  • John Hartley Durrant (1863-1928), English entomologist
  • Sir Henry Thomas Estridge Durrant (1807-1861), 3rd Baronet
  • Sir Thomas Durrant (1775-1829), 2nd Baronet
  • Sir Thomas Durrant (1722-1790), 1st Baronet
  • Major-General James "Jimmy" Thom Durrant CB DFC (1913-1990), South African pilot during World War II
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Durrant Historic Events


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Durrant Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. James Durrant (1890-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Frances Durrant (1884-1914), née King Canadian Third Class Passenger from Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA WATSON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846IsabellaWatson.htm

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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The Durrant Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Durrant 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.

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