Early Origins of the Durweard family
The surname Durweard was first found in the Valley of the River Dee, where they held a family seat
in their territories. The Pictish influence on Scottish history diminished after Kenneth Macalpine became King of all Scotland
. But those east coast families still played an important role in government and were more accessible to Government than their western highland counterparts. The family name became associated with the de Lundins. Whether the name was an office to which Alan Durward, son of de Lundin, succeeded in 1204, or whether it was a Norman noble, Reiner Dureward from Norfolk
who moved north at this time conjectural. However, Alan married an natural born daughter of King Alexander of Scotland
and eventually became Regent and justicair of Scotland. He was immortalized by Walter Scott. On his death his lands were divided between three daughters. Later several lines descended in Scotland
but the name continued to flourish to the south in Essex
where Geofry Durward was recorded in the Hundredorum Rolls
Early History of the Durweard family
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Durweard Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name Durweard include many spelling variations
. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include Dorward, Dorward, Durwood, Dorwood, Dyrwood, Dyrward, Dirward and many more.
Early Notables of the Durweard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Durweard family to the New World and Oceana
Many who arrived from Scotland
settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many settlers who remained loyal to England
went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Durweard family emigrate to North America: Tho Dorwood, who came to Virginia in 1657.