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Where did the English Durley family come from? What is the English Durley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Durley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Durley family history?

Durley is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Durley family lived in Derbyshire. They were originally from Erle in Calvados, Normandy, and it is from the local form of this name, D'Erle, which means, from Erle, that their name derives.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Durley include Darley, Darleigh, Darligh, Darly and others.

First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durley research. Another 171 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1795, 1846 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Durley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 73 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Durley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Durley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Durley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Durley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838

Durley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Clara Durley, aged 22, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per mare
Motto Translation: By sea.

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The Durley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Durley 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.

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