Show ContentsDury History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Scottish name Dury is rooted in the people of the Pictish clans. Dury was a name for a person who held the office of Dereth.

Early Origins of the Dury family

The surname Dury was first found in Fife, where "Durie, [is] an estate in the parish of Scoonie." [1]

Some of the first records of the family include: "Duncan de Durry witnessed a charter by Malise, earl of Strathem, c. 1258-1271. John Dury [who] was cleric in St. Andrews diocese, 1464, and Walter Doray [who] was one of the brethren of the Priory of Cupar, 1500. Mr. Andrew Dure was presented to the vicarage of Newtyle, 1519, George Dury witnessed a presentation in St. Andrews, 1526, and Joneta Durye had sasine of lands in Ayrshire, 1564. " [2]

Early History of the Dury family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dury research. Another 302 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1296, 1464, 1496, 1519, 1526, 1527, 1530, 1537, 1555, 1558, 1561, 1564, 1587, 1596, 1600, 1616, 1650 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Dury History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dury Spelling Variations

In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Dury has been spelled Durie, Durray, Doray, Dorie, Durrie and others.

Early Notables of the Dury family

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was

  • Robert Durie (1555-1616), a Scottish Presbyterian minister; and his son, John Dury (1596-1680), a Scottish Calvinist minister and intellectual. He made efforts to re-unite the Calvinist and Lutheran w...

Dury Ranking

In France, the name Dury is the 3,445th most popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Dury family to Ireland

Some of the Dury family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Dury migration to the United States +

In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Dury:

Dury Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Georg Dury, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [4]
Dury Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Dury, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811 [4]
  • Valentine Dury, aged 46, who arrived in New York in 1812 [4]
  • William Dury, aged 42, who landed in Tennessee in 1812 [4]
  • Markus Dury, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835 [4]
  • Michael Dury, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1843 [4]

Australia Dury migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dury Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Dury, (Durey), English convict who was convicted in Sandwich, Kent, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 27th August 1841, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dury (post 1700) +

  • Baxter Dury (b. 1971), English indie musician
  • Francky Dury (b. 1957), Belgian football manager
  • Ian Robins Dury (1942-2000), English rock and roll singer-songwriter, bandleader, artist, lead singer of Ian Dury and the Blockheads
  • Private First Class John Dury New (1924-1944), United States Marine, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook