Durredyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Durredyn name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the village of Dearden in the county of Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Durredyn family

The surname Durredyn 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."

Early History of the Durredyn family

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

Durredyn Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Durredyn were recorded, including Dearden, Deardens, Durden, Dureden, Deardon and many more.

Early Notables of the Durredyn family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Durredyn family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Durredyn family emigrate to North America: Richard Dearden who settled in Virginia in 1717; Harrison, John, William Deardon, settled in Philadelphia between 1860 and 1870.



The Durredyn 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: Dum Spiro Spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.


  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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