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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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Yale Daily News (blog)
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:56:15 -0700

In a Monday afternoon press release, University President Peter Salovey announced the appointments of Peter Dervan GRD '72 and William Kennard LAW '81 as new successor trustees to the Yale Corporation. The Yale Corporation voted to appoint Dervan, ...

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:15:00 -0700

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:56:15 -0700

Last week, Raimondo, the state treasurer of Rhode Island and a candidate for governor, and Boswell, a corporate executive at Unilever, were announced as candidates to fill the seat of Peter Dervan GRD '72. Dervan, whose term as an alumni fellow ...
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Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:22:40 -0700

The winner of the election would fill the slot on the Corporation currently held by Caltech chemistry professor Peter Dervan '72PhD, whose term as an alumni fellow ends in June. The university announced yesterday that Dervan will continue on the board ...

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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:30:00 -0700

There were PBs galore for the boys, also, including Aaron Doherty (2:52.80), Ronan Dervan (3:09.14), Mark Dervan (2:24.85), Jamie Murphy (2:30.08), Nathan Rennick (2:35.79) and Conor Melly (2:39.20). Patrick Livingstone's PB also saw him achieving gold ...
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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:36:16 -0700

PORTUMNA – P Moran (15) 36, N Dervan (17) 35, S Darcy (23) 35. Gross:J P McLaughlin 34. Seniors: J Gilchrist (15) 34. Open qualifiers: PCahalan (17) D Hourigan (19) & E Slattery (16) 49, C McIntyre (12) AMcIntyre (12) & D O'Meara (18) 47, G O'Dwyer ...

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Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:15:00 -0700

It was during that time that he met his wife-to-be, the former Mary Sexton from Mullagh, who worked in the nearby Dervan's shop. In 1953, Pat emigrated to England to take up employment with Ford's of Dagenham and, while there, he and Mary were married ...
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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 03:41:15 -0700

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