This website last updated
March 2, 2016
the Durham Family Group - Now on Facebook!
NEW!!Durham Passengers to America, 1600-1800
(Durhams in the US Colonies who were born before 1776)
Durhams in the Military
by the war they participated)
Check out Durham Descendant Reports
by state and county) (Alphabetic Listings - HUSBAND and WIFE)
of this website...
There are many Durham researchers out there dedicated to finding
their ancestors and finding connections to other families. Many
have hit "brick walls" in their research. I am one
of these. I have found that researching related families around
mine have opened a few doors, and allowed me to find new information
regarding my own ancestry line. The goal of this website is
to take the many resources of information regarding the Durham
families and coordinate them into one website. Perhaps from
the collective input of many researchers, many of these "brick
walls" can come tumbling down.
As with many databases, this one is not perfect, but I have
tried to be as accurate and complete as I can. I encourage people
to help make this database as accurate as possible. Whether
you would like to submit additions or corrections, any information
is appreciated. I do ask that this new information be documented.
Although much of this database has
been researched by me, I
have relied on other researchers to help fill in the blanks,
and have given them credit where credit is due. I want to thank
these dedicated genealogists for everything they have done.
This word "Durham" is derived from the Saxon "Dun"
and "holm", a town in a wood. It seems rather to come
from the British Dour, water, and holm, land surrounded mostly
by water. It may be derived from Doire, which, in the British
and Celtic, signifies a woody place, abounding in oaks; hence
Doireholm or Dourham, that is, the place or town surrounded
An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With
an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.;
New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
definition and meaning of the surname "Durham":
English: habitational name from Durham, a city in northeastern
England, named from Old English "dun", meaning hill,
plus Old Norse "holmr" meaning island.