Durwearde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The first family to use the name Durwearde lived in the area that was once the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It is a name for a door attendant. The name is also a nickname type of surname derived from the Old English word deore, which means "beloved", and "man"
Early Origins of the Durwearde family
The surname Durwearde was first found in Fife, the name Dorman is derived from the word door-ward. This official hereditary position involved being the door attendant to the King of Scotland. The office of door-ward to the king was a very honorable one and was passed on in the powerful family of de Lundin Fife. The first who took his name from this office was Thomas de Lundyn in 1204. His son, Alan Durward, was one of the greatest names in Scottish history in the thirteenth century. 
Early History of the Durwearde family
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Durwearde Spelling Variations
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of Durwearde include Dorman, Dorward, Doorman, Durward and others.
Early Notables of the Durwearde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Durwearde family to Ireland
Some of the Durwearde family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Durwearde family
Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Durwearde were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown: A Peter Dorman settled in Virginia in 1652. Sarah and Richard Dorman were included on passenger lists in 1656.