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Durkin Name Meaning

Irish (Sligo and Mayo): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Duarcáin ‘son of Duarcán’ a byname representing a diminutive of duairc ‘surly’. English: variant of Derkin from the Middle English personal name Derkin originally a borrowing from Flemish settlers of Middle Dutch Dierkin a pet form of Diederik (ancient Germanic Theuderic from theud ‘people’ + rīk ‘power rule’); the name was also used as a pet form of Middle English Der(e) (Old English Dēor). Late Middle English -er- frequently changed to -ar- before another consonant and when -er- remained in early modern English it fell together with -ir- and -ur- in a new pronunciation /ər/. Alternatively Derkin may be a variant of Dorking a habitational name from Dorking Surrey from the Old English personal name Deorc + -ingas denoting association. Russian: nickname from durka a familiar form for durak ‘fool idiot’ formed with the possessive suffix -in.

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

Similar surnames: Durnin, Dunkin, Murrin, Duffin, Duskin, Gurkin, Durkan, Durgin, Dulin

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You can see how Durkin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Durkin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Durkin families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Durkin families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 33% of all the recorded Durkin's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Durkin families in 1840.
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What did your Durkin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Durkin. 16% of Durkin men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Durkin women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Durkin were Machinist and Clerk. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Clerk
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Clerk
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What is the average Durkin lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Durkin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Durkin in 1944 was 28, and 76 in 2004.

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