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This article is about the Sorbian/Serbian prince. For the American chemist, see Peter Dervan.
Duke of Serbs (Sorbs and Serbs)
Dervan's Serbia, 7th century.
Born ca. 590
Died 636
Successor Miliduch
Religious beliefs Slavic
Serbian principality under Dervan, as part of Samo's realm in 631.

Dervan or Derwan (Latin: Dervanus, Serbian: Drvan or Drven, Дрван) was an early prince of the Sorbs and Serbs[1] (fl. 631–636).[1]

He is mentioned by Fredegar in his Latin chronicle as dux gente Surbiorum que ex genere Sclavinorum:[2] "ruler of the people of the Serbs (Sorb autonym: Serby, Serb autonym: Srbi) from the nation of the Slavs".[3] He is the first ruler of the tribe mentioned by name. Fredegar records him being subordinate to the Franks for a long time and then joining the Slavic union of Samo. After the defeat of the Frankish king Dagobert I by the Slavic king Samo near Wogastisburg in 631 or 632, Dervan declared independence from the Franks and "placed himself and his people under the rule of Samo".[4]

Dervan joined Samo in his subsequent wars against the Franks. Further reports of Fredegar imply that Dervan and his people lived to the east of the Saxon Saale. The reference to Dervan in 631/632 is also the first written confirmation of the presence of Slavs north of the Ore Mountains.

He was fighting against Thuringia 631-634 and Dervan was finally defeated by duke Randulf, governor of Thuringia.(636)


  1. ^ a b http://books.google.se/books?id=mnSq1VNloGsC
  2. ^ Making of the Slavs, page 331
  3. ^ Curta, 109.
  4. ^ Curta, 331.

Further reading[edit]

  • Curta, Florin. The Making of the Slavs: History and Archaeology of the Lower Danube Region, c. 500–700. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-521-80202-4.
Preceded by
Duke (Dux) of the Surbiorum
(Serbs and Sorbs)

Succeeded by

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Irish Examiner

Irish Examiner
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:45:00 -0700

Having held the overnight joint lead in the two-day four person fourball competition with Clooney-Quin and Ballygunner, with 88 points, the partnerships of Kennedy and Ger Lynch along with Eamon Dervan and former Galway senior selector Mattie Kenny ...
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:34:38 -0700

"There's no edict banning anyone from mentioning the referendum and as is standard, if it was editorially justified on the night it would be reflected," BBC spokeswoman Camilla Dervan told Reuters in an email. "But just as in previous years, presenters ...
Leicester Mercury
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:21:40 -0700

Dervan Alleyne and Donald Nzara notched two apiece. In Division One, Glen Villa are the early pacesetters with two wins from two. James Parker scored the goal in a 1-0 triumph at North Kilworth. Fleckney picked up their first win, thumping Ashby Road 6-1.
Yale Daily News (blog)
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:49:17 -0700

“I wouldn't be at all surprised if Yale finds itself facing the same question in three, five, 10 years, but making a different decision,” Lana said. The new CCIR members are Maureen Chiquet '85 and Peter Dervan GRD '72. They join Neal Keny-Guyer SOM ...
Galway Advertiser
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:52:30 -0700

Sinéad Cahalan, Lorraine Ryan, and Sarah Dervan, provided stout resistance in defence and Niamh Kilkenny tried hard at midfield, with Orlaith McGrath and substitute Brenda Hanney especially, Aisling Connolly, and Anne Marie Starr catching the eye up ...

Westmoreland County Times

Westmoreland County Times
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 21:52:30 -0700

... Jr.; James Burke; Bernard S. Siegal; Peter B. Dervan; Milton Katselas; Bill Moyers; Peter Stearns; Dean Ornish; Mary Pipher; Robert Munsch; Herbert S. Benson; Michael Turner; Susan Stamberg; Mike Jensen; Archduke Rudolph of Austria; Roger Cossack; ...

Castlebar.News (press release)

Castlebar.News (press release)
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 01:59:48 -0700

Brothers Mark and Ronan Dervan also had some fine swims over the few days of competition. Mark's first swim saw him coming first in his heat to qualify for the finals of the 100m breaststroke, where he finished on a PB of 1:11.92 and gained a bronze medal.
The Score
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:04:31 -0700

GALWAY: S Earner, T Manton, S Dervan, H Cooney, S Cahalan, S Healy, L Ryan, M Dunne, N Kilkenny, R Hennelly, N McGrath, E Kilkelly, O McGrath, AM Hayes, A O'Reilly. Subs: A Connolly for O'Reilly, AM Starr for Kilkelly, B Hanney for Hennelly, E Haverty ...

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