Bavaria, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Durre is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Durre was given to someone who lived on a dry, barren land. The name Durre is derived from the Old German word durri and the German word dürre, which mean barren or infertile.
Early Origins of the Durre family
feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Durre family
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Early Notables of the Durre family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Durre family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Alexander Durr, who settled in Philadelphia in 1840; Anderas Durr settled in Philadelphia in 1750; Johannes Balthasar Durr settled in Maryland in 1768.
Contemporary Notables of the name Durre (post 1700)
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