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Where did the German Dorne family come from? What is the German Dorne family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dorne family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dorne family history?The ancestral home of the Dorne family is Bavaria. Dorne is a local name for a person who lived near a thorn-bush or hedge. The surname Dorne is derived from the German word dorn, which means thorn. Thus, the name was adopted by a person who lived near thorn bushes. The name Dorne also was used by people from Dornach, which is a town located near Munich in Bavaria. There is also a town named Dörnach in Tübingen, Westphalia and a city named Thorn (which is now Torun) in Poland. In Bavaria, the Dorne family lived on a feudal estate. Land proprietorship and management were the sole source of wealth and power in the Middle Ages and the Dorne family, as noble landowners, became prestigious members of the landed aristocracy.
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Dorne include Dorn, Dorner, Doorn, Doern, Dorne, Dorns and others.
First found in Bavaria, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorne research. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1738, 1809, and 1884 are included under the topic Early Dorne History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 20 words(1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dorne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dorne or a variant listed above:
Dorne Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Dorne Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Dorne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dorne Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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