Meaning and Origin of: Derham

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : habitational name from Dearham in Cumbria or Dyrham in Gloucestershire, named from Old English dēor ‘deer’ +hām ‘settlement’, ‘homestead’, or hamm ‘enclosure hemmed in by water’, ‘river meadow’. There are places in Norfolk called East and West Dereham, which have the same etymology. However, the present-day distribution of the surname suggests that they probably did not contribute to the surname.
  • Irish (mainly Dublin, Drogheda, and Cork) : of English origin, but MacLysaght takes this to be a variant of Durham.