by Norman Descendants August 27, 2017

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Canadian actor Kevin Durand plays in the Viking TV show as a wanderer. Here is what he says in his interview:

“We had always wondered in my family why I was such a giant, I’m supposed to be French-Canadian, but you don’t see too many French-Canadians with my features. When I went to Iceland, I looked like I was finally with my people. It was the strangest, most amazing thing.” said Durand.

I did a simple search for Durand surname. Sure enough, it is a Norman (French Viking) last name. Kevin Durand stands at 1.98 meters or 6 feet and 5.95 inches.

Here is what surnamedb website says about his last name:

"This interesting name is of Norman origin, introduced into England after the Conquest of 1066 as the personal name "Durant", it is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Durandus", and derives from the Olde French "durant" meaning "enduring", from "durer", to endure, last, itself from the Latin "durus", hard, firm. As a personal name Durant and Durand were popular in the Middle Ages, recorded in the Middle Ages, recorded as "Durand" in 1115, Hampshire, "Doraunt" (1312, Yorkshire), and taken to mean "steadfast", and perhaps "obstinate". The modern surname can be found in at least thirteen different forms, ranging from Durant, Durand, Durrant and Durrand to Dorant, Dorran and Dorrins. One Nathan Durant was an early settler in the West Indies, he is recorded as a land-owner in the Barbadoes in 1678. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter Durand, which was dated 1196, in the "Pipe Rolls of Westmoreland", during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England, this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling."

Norman Descendants
Norman Descendants

Normans were the people who gave their name to Normandy, a region in northern France. They were descended from Viking conquerors lead by Rollo of the territory and the native Merovingian culture formed from Germanic Franks and Romanised Gauls. Their identity emerged initially in the first half of the 10th century, and gradually evolved over succeeding centuries.