The original Gaelic form of the Irish name O'Durnent was O Duirnin or O Dornian, possibly derived from the word "dorn," which means "fist."
Early Origins of the O'Durnent family
The surname O'Durnent 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'Durnent family
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O'Durnent Spelling Variations
Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname O'Durnent that are preserved in documents of the family history are Durnan, Durnane, Durneen, Durnin, Durnain, Dornan, Dornain and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Durnent family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Durnent family to the New World and Oceana
The English-ruled Ireland
of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name O'Durnent: 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.