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The 1841 St Helier baptism record of Mary Ann Durand

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Origin of Surname

This name is of Norman origin, introduced into England after the Conquest of 1066 as the personal name "Durant", it is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Durandus", and derives from the Olde French "durant" meaning "enduring", from "durer", to endure, last, itself from the Latin "durus", hard, firm.

As a personal name Durant and Durand were popular in the Middle Ages, recorded as "Durand" in 1115, Hampshire, "Doraunt" (1312, Yorkshire), and taken to mean "steadfast", and perhaps "obstinate".

The first record of the name is Walter Durand, which was dated 1196, in the "Pipe Rolls of Westmoreland", during the reign of King Richard 1.

The name is more common in Guernsey than Jersey, but both islands have records from the 17th century onwards.


  • Durant
  • Durrant
  • Durrand
  • Dorant
  • Dorran
  • Dorrins

Family records




Great War service

  • Albert Eugene Durand (1890- ) (St H) son of Ferdinand and Alice, Corporal RGA, ex-RMIJ
  • Emile Durand (1894- ) (Tr) son of Pierre and Anne Marie, Driver, RFA
  • Felix Marie Durand (1894- ) (St L) son of Felix and Jeanne, Private, Dorsetshire Regiment

Notable islanders

  • Ralph Durand (1876-1945), diarist - Guernsey Under German Rule was published by the Guernsey Society in 1946, the first publication relating the first hand experience of life in the island during the German Occupation.

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