Uran History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

While surnames were well-known during the English medieval period, Cornish People originally used only a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames came into common use is interesting. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Patronymic surnames were derived from given names and were the predominant type of surname among the Celtic peoples of Britain. However, the people of Cornwall provide a surprising exception to this rule, and patronymic surnames are less common among them than other people of Celtic stock, such as their Welsh neighbors. This type of surname blended perfectly with the prevailing Feudal System. One feature that is occasionally found in Cornish surnames of this type is the suffix -oe or -ow; this is derived from the Cornish plural suffix -ow. is a patronymic surname that came from the ancient Cornish given name Urion or Urien, meaning town born.

Early Origins of the Uran family

The surname Uran was first found in Cornwall, where they held a family seat from very ancient times at Trewarevra, and were descended from Driff in Cornwall. The original name was Trewren and Uren is an abbreviation thereof.

Urien (Urien Rheged or Uriens) was a late 6th-century king of Rheged, an early British kingdom in northern England and southern Scotland. According to Arthurian legend, he became the "King Urien of Gorre" and his son Owain mab Urien was later known as Ywain. Known for his victories at the battle of Gwen Ystrad and Alt Clut Ford, the Brythonic poet Taliesin later celebrated his life in poems.

Early History of the Uran family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Uran research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1675 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Uran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Uran Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Uren, Trewren, Hurin, Hurrion and others.

Early Notables of the Uran family (pre 1700)

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Uran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Uran migration to the United States +

A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Uran:

Uran Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

Australia Uran migration to Australia +

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

Uran Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Uran, (b. 1820), aged 28, Cornish farm labourer travelling aboard the ship "Blonde" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 15th October 1848 [2]
  • Mrs. Honora Uran, (b. 1819), aged 29, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Blonde" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 15th October 1848 [2]
  • Mr. John Uran, (b. 1823), aged 25, Cornish miner from Redruth, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Aurora" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 7th December 1848 [2]
  • Mrs. Mary Uran, (b. 1825), aged 23, Cornish settler from Redruth, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Aurora" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 7th December 1848 [2]
  • Mr. John Henry Uran, (b. 1848), aged Infant, Cornish settler from Redruth, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Aurora" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 7th December 1848 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Uran migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Uran Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Uran, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th September 1853 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Uran (post 1700) +

  • David Uran, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Crown Point, Indiana, 2012 [4]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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