Duryee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The people known in ancient Scotland as the Picts were the forefathers of the Duryee family. It is a name for a person who held the office of Dereth.

Early Origins of the Duryee family

The surname Duryee 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. [2]

Early History of the Duryee family

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

Duryee Spelling Variations

Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Duryee has been written Durie, Durray, Doray, Dorie, Durrie and others.

Early Notables of the Duryee family (pre 1700)

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 wings of Protestantism. Andrew Durie (d. 1558), was Bishop of Galloway and Abbot of Melrose, the son of John Durie of Durie in Fife, and brother to George Durie. George Durie (1496-1561), was Abbot of Dunfermline and Archdeacon of St. Andrews. "From 1527 till 1530 he acted as judge and executor of the monastery of Arbroath. During...
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Ireland Migration of the Duryee family to Ireland

Some of the Duryee 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.

Migration of the Duryee family

Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Duryee: John Durie who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1620; Isabel Durie settled in New Jersey in 1686; Jacob Durie settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738..


Contemporary Notables of the name Duryee (post 1700) +

  • Jacob Eugene Duryée (1839-1918), Union Army lieutenant colonel during the American Civil War, son of Abram Duryée
  • Abram Duryée (1815-1890), Union Army general during the American Civil War
  • William B. C. Duryee, American politician, Honorary Consul for Cuba at Fernandina, 1905 [3]
  • Samuel Sloan Duryee, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Putnam County, 1932 [3]
  • Henry Duryee, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Somerset County, 1836-38 [3]
  • George S. Duryee, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Essex County, 1878-79; U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, 1888-90 [3]
  • Daniel Duryee, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Queens County, 1785-86 [3]
  • Charles C. Duryee, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Schenectady, New York, 1910-11 [3]
  • Abraham W. Duryee, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1864-65 [3]


  1. ^ Lowe, 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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