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This most interesting surname is an English variant of "Durward" itself found chiefly in Scotland. It is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is an occupational name from the Olde English term "duru-weard", door-keeper, porter. In Scotland the office of door-ward to the king was a very honourable one and in the beginning of the 13th Century was hereditary in the powerful family of "de Lundin", who emigrated to Aberdeenshire because of a prolonged dispute between the family and Duncan, Earl of Mar, from whom Thomas de Lundin claimed the earldom through his mother.

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