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Where did the Scottish Orr family come from? When did the Orr family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Orr family history?The Dalriadan kingdom of ancient Scotland was the home of the ancestors of the Orr family. Their name indicates that they lived on a bank, or on the edge of a hill. The Orr surname arose independently from different sources. In some instances, it came from the Old English word ora, which means "edge" and was probably a name for someone who lived on a bank, or on the edge of a hill. Orr also came form the Old Norse name Orri, which meant "black rooster." It also emerged from the Gaelic word, odhar, which meant "pale" and would have been a nickname that became a surname.
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of Orr include Orr, Ore, Orre and others.
First found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orr research. Another 133 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1503 are included under the topic Early Orr History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Orr Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Orr family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Orr or a variant listed above include:
Orr Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Orr Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Orr Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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