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The History of the Duerden Surname
It is said that the DUERDEN surname is a derivative of DEARDEN. - I'm still not convinced

According to my readings, the English surname DEARDEN. is local in origin, being a surname derived from the place where a man once lived or held land. In this instance, the surname means simply "Of DEARDEN" , being derived from the place DEARDEN , near Edenfield, Bury in Lancashire.

This would indicate that the original bearer of the surname came from this place in medieval times.

The surname during the Middle Ages shows the different forms of the surname that developed.
For example, during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the surname often occurred as De Deredene or De Derene.

It would appear that the surname remained predominantly in Lancashire during the Middle Ages as can be seen from early references to the name.

According to House of Names (a specialist in name origins), The Anglo-Saxon name Duerden was established when the family resided in the village of Dearden in the county of Lancashire.
Spelling variations include: Dearden, Deardens, Durden, Dureden, Deardon and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Some of the first settlers in America, of this name or some of its variants were: Richard Dearden who settled in Virginia in 1717; Harrison, John, William Deardon , settled in Philadelphia between 1860 and 1870.

References to the surname are quite numerous and are substantiated by various medieval sources. Some of these early instances include Elizabeth DEARDEN of Middleton who was mentioned in the "Wills at Chester" in 1631.
Also in "Baines History of Lancashire", Thomas DEARDEN , was rector of Bury in Lancashire in 1599.
The "Manchester Directory" recorded 10 instances of the surname in 1873.
The 1881 Census contains 21 different possible spellings. Darden, Dardin, Dearden, Deardin, Dearding, Deardon, Derden, Deurden, Dewarden, Dewerden, Dierden, Dirden, Duearden, Duerden, Duerdeon, Duerdin, Duerdon, Durdan, Durden, Durdon and Dureden.

In 1905, James Edwin Duerden (1865-1937) was the first Professor of Zoology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.
Another genealogy site, "searchforancestors.com" states that it is a locality, a corruption of Du-er-den, as still pronounced by the natives of Lancashire, England, where branches of the family reside, and which signifies, "A thicket of wood in a valley." "Doir-den."

There are numerous places around Lancashire and Yorkshire that include Duerden/Dearden or a derivative. If anyone knows how these places got their names or know of any history about them, I would appreciate it if you could contact me.

Examples are:-
Duerden Bridge - Spotland, Manchester
Dearden Clough - near Edenfield (Picture below)
Duerden Brook - Spotland, Manchester Dearden Street - Hulme, Manchester
Duerden Row - Pendleton Dearden Street - Littleborough, Nr. Rochdale
Duerden Street - Bolton Dearden Street - Little Lever, Bolton
Duerden Street - Burnley  
Duerden Street - Leeds Dearden Street - Ossett, Wakefield
Duerden Street - Nelson (Picture below) Dearden Street - Sowerby Bridge, Nr. Halifax
Duerden Street - Salford Dearden Street - Stalybridge, Tameside
Duerden Moor Deardens Street - Elton, Bury
Duerdens Yard - in Colne  
Even a Duerden Street in Clayton Victoria, Australia

 
The so-called crest of the Duerden Name





The Dearden Coat of Arms as at Holy Trinity, Blackburn.
(Quartered with Dearden, Ingham, Ferand and Royds




This framed tapestry created by Susannah Duerden in 1877, hangs in Colne Library.
(Photo supplied by Keith Alexander)




Dearden Clough - looking south to Peel Tower on Holcombe Hill




Duerden Street, Nelson


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