First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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. Doublet of Duresm and Dunelm.

  1. County Durham (a county in the Northeast, of England)
  2. A city in and the county town of County Durham, England.
  3. An English habitational surname​ from the city in England.
  4. An outback town in Queensland, Australia.
  5. A locale in Canada.
    1. A community in Nova Scotia; named for Lord Durham, Governor General of Canada.
    2. A community in Ontario.
  6. A locale in the United States.
    1. A city, the county seat of Durham County, North Carolina; named for landowner Bartlett S. Durham.
    2. A town in New Hampshire.
    3. A town in Connecticut; named for the city in England.
    4. A census-designated place in California; named for California politician W. W. Durham.
    5. A town in Maine; named for County Durham, England.
    6. A town in New York; named for the town in Connecticut.
    7. A city in Oregon; named for pioneer and Oregon Territory legislator Alberto Alonzo Durham.
    8. A city in Kansas; named for the breed of cattle.
    9. An unincorporated community in Arkansas.
    10. An unincorporated community in Georgia; named for Durham Coal and Coke Company.
    11. An unincorporated community in Indiana.
    12. An unincorporated community in Missouri; named for a railroad employee.
    13. An unincorporated community in Oklahoma; named for postmaster Doris Durham Morris.
  7. 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

Notable Persons Named Durham

Durham Stevens

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

Durham Red is a comics character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Durham

Notable Persons With the Last Name Durham

Rhea Durham

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

Judith Durham

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

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

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

Jimmie Durham

Jimmie was born in 1940.

Leon Durham

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

  • Edith Durham
  • Ray Durham
    Baseball Player
  • David Anthony Durham
  • Wes Durham
  • Stephen Durham
  • Sir Philip Durham
    Military Person
  • Christine M. Durham
  • Helen Durham
    Humanitarian Lawyer
  • John Lambton, 3rd Earl of Durham
  • Jr. W. Cole Durham
  • Lawrence of Durham
  • Robert D. Durham
    Judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals
  • Israel Wilson Durham
  • Florence Margaret Durham

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

  • What name lists does Durham rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Durham? Durham is the 24,053rd 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 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 263 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: The name spelled backwards is Mahrud. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Drmauh. 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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