The spelling of the surname "Derrer" was
officially fixed around 1870 and since then its use in Switzerland has been allowed only in this form. "Derrer" belongs to the kind of family names which generated from a geografically defined place. Therefore, it is rather easy to find the roots of these families. Germany as a neighboring country to the north was always a prime target for persons willing or forced to emigrate. Descendants of many Swiss families have been living in Germany before emigrating to the States or elsewhere.
To complete the picture: In old Nuernberg/
Germany there was originally also a family named "Derrer". It belonged to the Patrician
families who dominated the city's politics.
A connection to Switzerland (Zurich) is not known. This family died out in 1706.
Doerries a.s.o. points to the North of Germany and much less to its southern parts. A connection between Derrer and Doerries is more than doubtful!
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