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Durant Name Meaning

French and English (Norman): from the Latin omen name Durandus, meaning ‘enduring’, which was in common use especially in the Jewish communities of southern France and from there spread out across France, into England, Italy, and the Iberian peninsula.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Durante, Durand, Grant, Morant, Quant, Durrant, Ducat, Duran, Turano

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Where is the Durant family from?

You can see how Durant families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Durant family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Durant families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 35 Durant families living in Massachusetts. This was about 29% of all the recorded Durant's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Durant families in 1840.
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What did your Durant ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Durant. 23% of Durant men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Durant women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Durant were Clerk and Housewife.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    23%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    10%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Durant. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Durant. For the veterans among your Durant ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Durant lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Durant life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Durant in 1944 was 31, and 74 in 2004.

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