Derham Family History
Derham Name Meaning
English: habitational name from Dearham in Cumbria or Dyrham in Gloucestershire, named from Old English deor ‘deer’ + ham ‘settlement’, ‘homestead’, or hamm ‘enclosure hemmed in by water’, ‘river meadow’. There are places in Norfolk called East and West Dereham, which have the same etymology. However, the present-day distribution of the surname suggests that they probably did not contribute to the surname. Irish (mainly Dublin, Drogheda, and Cork): of English origin, but MacLysaght takes this to be a variant of Durham.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press