Where did the baby name Durville come from?

Actor D'Urville Martin in the opening credits for the movie "Dolemite" (1975).
D’Urville Martin

The unique name Durville appeared in the U.S. baby name data for the first and only time in the mid-1970s:

  • 1977: unlisted
  • 1976: unlisted
  • 1975: 5 baby boys named Durville [debut]
  • 1974: unlisted
  • 1973: unlisted

What was the influence?

Actor D’Urville Martin, who’d been in movies (primarily in supporting roles) since the 1960s.

In the mid-1970s, he was appearing in various blaxploitation films such as The Get-Man (1974), Sheba, Baby (1975) and Dolemite (1975) — which he also directed.

D’Urville was born in New York City in 1939. So far I haven’t been able to track down the story behind his name, but I can tell you that it ultimately comes from a French surname that refers to any of several places in France called Urville.

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