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Where did the Scottish Dorrance family come from? What is the Scottish Dorrance family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dorrance family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dorrance family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Torrance, Torrens, Torrence and others.

First found in Stirlingshire. The name is a habitation name from either East Kilbride or north of Glasgow where it is derived from the Gaelic word "torran" which means "hillock" or "mound."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorrance research. Another 212 words(15 lines of text) covering the year 1563 is included under the topic Early Dorrance History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Dorrance Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Dorrance family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 327 words(23 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Torrence arrived in Philadelphia in 1828; followed by James in 1868; Adam Torrens settled in Philadelphia in 1828; Aaron in 1823; Alexander in 1848.

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  • Anson Dorrance (b. 1951), American soccer coach recognized by the NCAA as the Women's Soccer Coach of the Year seven times
  • Arthur Calbraith Dorrance (1893-1946), American president of the Campbell Soup Company from 1930 to 1946
  • John Thompson Dorrance (1873-1930), American chemist and president of the Campbell Soup Company from 1914 to 1930


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  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  5. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  8. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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The Dorrance Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dorrance 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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