Durrant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Durrant family

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] 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]

Important Dates for the Durrant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durrant research. Another 111 words (8 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Durrant family (pre 1700)

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Durrant migration to the United States

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 [2]
  • 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
Durrant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Durrant, who arrived in New York in 1846 [2]
Durrant Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Horace W Durrant, who landed in Mississippi in 1905 [2]

Durrant migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Durrant Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Durrant, who landed in Canada in 1832

Durrant migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Durrant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Durrant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846 [3]
  • David Durrant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1849 [4]
  • Jonathan Durrant, aged 37, a bricklayer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel" [5]

Durrant migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Durrant Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Durrant, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Mr. Elisha Durrant, British settler, as the 2nd Detachment of New Zealand Corps of Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Minerva" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th October 1847 [6]
  • F. Durrant, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golconda" in 1859
  • James Durrant, aged 45, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Mary Durrant, aged 45, who 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.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Durrant (post 1700)

  • Devin George Durrant (b. 1960), retired American professional basketball player who played for the Indiana Pacers and the Phoenix Suns from 1984 to 1985
  • William James Durrant, American historian, philosopher and teacher
  • Winnie Durrant, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2000 [7]
  • Joyce Durrant, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1996 [7]
  • H. W. Durrant, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 1908 [7]
  • Sir William Alexander Estridge Durrant (b. 1929), 8th Baronet of Scottow, Norfolk, English peer
  • Sir William Henry Estridge Durrant (1901-1994), 7th Baronet of Scottow, Norfolk, English peer
  • Sir William Henry Estridge Durrant (1872-1953), 6th Baronet of Scottow, Norfolk, English peer
  • Sir William Robert Estridge Durrant (1840-1912), 5th Baronet of Scottow, Norfolk, English peer
  • Sir Henry Josias Durrant (1838-1875), 4th Baronet of Scottow, Norfolk, English peer
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Durrant family

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 [8]
  • 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 [8]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA WATSON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846IsabellaWatson.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The BRANKEN MOOR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849BrankenMoor.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 9th January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Coromandel 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/coromandel1855.shtml
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
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