This surname DURON was a baptismal name 'the son of Durant'. The name was originally brought into England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066, and DURANDUS (without surname) appears to be the first of the name on record. The name meant 'one who was obstinate'. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. Other records of the name mention Robertus filius Durand, who appears in 1115 in Hampshire, and Durant Stabularius was recorded in London in the same year. Doraunt de Moreby was mentioned in County Yorkshire in the year 1312. John filius Doraunt de Moreby, during the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) Freeman of York. Johannes Dorand was of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another. Later instances of the name include Philip Durrant and Elizabeth Goodwyn who were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1589. Gabriel Durance and Isabel Tecis were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1676, and William Durrance and Elizabeth Fowles were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1788. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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