The original Gaelic form of the Irish name O'Durnant was O Duirnin or O Dornian, possibly derived from the word "dorn," which means "fist."
Early Origins of the O'Durnant family
The surname O'Durnant was first found in County Antrim
(Irish: Aontroim) located in the province of Ulster
in present day Northern Ireland
, where they had been anciently seated for many centuries and held territories in that county.
Early History of the O'Durnant family
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O'Durnant Spelling Variations
Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations
of the surname O'Durnant are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include Durnan, Durnane, Durneen, Durnin, Durnain, Dornan, Dornain and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Durnant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Durnant family to the New World and Oceana
A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland
for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland
during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families
that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name O'Durnant: Nicholas Durnan who settled in Virginia in 1734; Charles Durnin settled in Newcastle in Co. Delaware in 1827; John Durnin arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1868.