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The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Durrett family. Durrett is a local name. Durrett is a name for someone who lived on a dry, barren land. The name Durrett is derived from the Old German word durri and the German word dürre, which mean barren or infertile.

Durrett Early Origins



The surname Durrett was first found in Franconia, where the name Duerer could be considered to make a great early contribution to the 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.

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Durrett Spelling Variations


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Durrett Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Durrett include Durr, Duerer, Duere, Duerr, Duer, Dur, Durre, Duerre, Dueren, Duerman and many more.

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Durrett Early History


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Durrett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durrett research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1471, 1528, 1690, 1784, and 1856 are included under the topic Early Durrett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Durrett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Durrett Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Durrett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Durretts to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Durrett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Eugene Durrett, aged 57, who landed in America, in 1913

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Contemporary Notables of the name Durrett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Durrett (post 1700)



  • Liz Durrett (b. 1977), American singer-songwriter
  • Charles Durrett, American architect and author in Nevada City, California
  • Peter Durrett (1733-1823), American slave and Baptist preacher who with his wife founded the First African Baptist Church of Lexington, Kentucky by 1790
  • Kenneth L. Durrett (1948-2001), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Richard Timothy Durrett, American mathematician known for his research and books on mathematical probability theory, stochastic processes
  • Larry K. Durrett, American Republican politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 11th District, 2006
  • Kenneth Durrett, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 11th District, 2000

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    4. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    8. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Durrett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Durrett 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.

    This page was last modified on 27 November 2015 at 14:09.

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