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From: "Linda Derham" <>
Subject: RE: Irish Derhams/origins of Derham etc
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 19:47:10 -0000

Hi Robin,

One of the other listers might also have something to add to this. He told
me that in his family, the story is that some irish Derhams come from the
Norfolk Der(e)hams as one of them fled the area after the scandal with
Francis Derham and Katherine Howard. BUT! The word is anglo saxon in origin,
meaning a place so not all the Derhams are necessarily from the Norfolk

Here is something Dad sent me:

The name DYRHAM is generally thought to derive from the Saxon “deor-hamm”
meaning deer enclosure. If so, then Dyrham is amongst the oldest deer parks
in the country.

Another derivation is the British “dwr” meaning water. The numerous springs
in the hills form a brook which once ran close by the Stablrs.

Dyrham/Derham is first metioned in the Saxon Chronicle of 891 AD. This
records that in the year 577, Ceaulin, the king of the West Saxons, and his
son Cuthwine killed 3 British kings at Deorrhamm together with many of their
followers, thereby capturing 3 important cities – Cleancester, Cyrenceaster
and Bathanceaster. The battle enabled the Saxons to reach the Bristol
Channel and cut off the Welsh Britons from their allies in the South West
and was therefore was a significant victory.
Hinton Hill, a mile from Dyrham, has terraces and earthworks which are
thought to be the remains of a Saxon Settlement.

Linda D

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: 22 March 2000 14:40
Subject: Irish Derhams

Does anyone have any Derhams that are of Irish origin? I believe my Derhams
(who resided in Lancashire) were originally from Ireland. Any help would be

Robin DERHAM Galage
Newburgh NY

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