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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

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

In the Scotland of ancient times, McDorman was a name for a door attendant. The name is also a nickname type of surname derived from the Old English word deore, which means "beloved", and "man"

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Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, McDorman has been spelled Dorman, Dorward, Doorman, Durward and others.

First found in Fife, the name Dorman is derived from the word door-ward. This official hereditary position involved being the door attendant to the King of Scotland. The office of door-ward to the king was a very honorable one and was passed on in the powerful family of de Lundin Fife. The first who took his name from this office was Thomas de Lundyn in 1204. His son, Alan Durward, was one of the greatest names in Scottish history in the thirteenth century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McDorman research. Another 425 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1228, 1452, 1478, 1511, and 1636 are included under the topic Early McDorman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McDorman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McDorman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name McDorman arrived in North America very early:

McDorman Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • James McDorman, aged 32, who emigrated to America, in 1921
  • George F. McDorman, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1923
  • Frank McDorman, aged 56, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924

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  • Jake McDorman (b. 1986), American film and television actor
  • Leslie McDorman (d. 1966), Canadian politician in Manitoba from 1945 to 1949


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The McDorman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McDorman 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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