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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Durham

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dur"ham
One or a breed of short-horned cattle, originating in the county of Durham, England. The Durham cattle are noted for their beef-producing quality.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. English breed of short-horned cattle
  2. A city of north central North Carolina; site of Duke University

From Old English Dunholm (compare Middle French Duresm, Latin Dunelmum).

  1. The name signed by alternate bishops of (see Duresm).
  2. A city in county in the Northeast of England.
  3. County Durham, a county in the Northeast of England.
  4. A census-designated place in California
  5. A town in Connecticut
  6. A city in Kansas
  7. A town in Maine
  8. A town in New Hampshire.
  9. A town in New York
  10. A city in North Carolina.
  11. A community in Nova Scotia
  12. A community in Ontario
  13. A city in Oregon
  14. A surname​.
  15. One of a breed of short-horned cattle, originating in the county of Durham, England, and noted for their beef-producing quality.

Notable Persons Named Durham

Durham was born on February 1st, 1851 in Washington, D.C. Durham is also known as Stevens and Durham White. He left this life on March 25th, 1908.


Durham Red is a comics character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Durham

Rhea Durham is a model. Rhea was born on July 1st, 1978 in Lakeland, Florida, U.S.


Judith Durham is a jazz musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1962 to present. Judith was given the name Judy Mavis Cock on July 3rd, 1943 in Essendon, Victoria, Australia. Judith is also known as Judith Durham.


Geoffrey Durham is an actor, magic (illusion), and magician. He was most prominent from 1976 to 2006. Geoffrey was born on July 22nd, 1949 in Molesey.


The Earl of Durham was an office holder. The was born on April 12th, 1792. He died on July 28th, 1840.


Jimmie was born in 1940.


Leon Durham is a baseball player. Leon was born on July 31st, 1957 in Cincinnati.


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International Interest for Durham

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Durham as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Durham U.S.
  White 73.03% 64.26%
  African American 21.54% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.43% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.63% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.20% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.17% 16.26%

Of Last Name Durham

People with the last name Durham are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Durham

  • How Popular is the name Durham? Durham is the 24,081st most popular name of all time. As a last name Durham was the 792nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Durham have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 248 babies born with the first name Durham in the United States. That's more than enough people named Durham to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Durham? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Durham first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Durham is Sunday, March 21st, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Durham born? The highest recorded use of the first name Durham was in 2009 with a total of 19 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Durham: Your name in reverse order is Mahrud. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rahdmu. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Durham? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 43,635 people with the last name Durham.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Durham? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 15 of them will have Durham as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.