Durredent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The present generation of the Durredent family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the village of Dearden in the county of Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Durredent family

The surname Durredent was first found in Lancashire at Dearden, near Edenfield, Bury [1] where the name derives from the Old English word "deor" meaning "deer," and "denu", which meant "valley," collectively meaning "the valley of the deer."

Important Dates for the Durredent family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durredent research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1281 and 1130 are included under the topic Early Durredent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Durredent Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Durredent include Dearden, Deardens, Durden, Dureden, Deardon and many more.

Early Notables of the Durredent family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Durredent family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Durredent were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Richard Dearden who settled in Virginia in 1717; Harrison, John, William Deardon, settled in Philadelphia between 1860 and 1870.

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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