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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Orem, Orme, Orrem, Orum, Orun, Orumm, Oramm, Orunn, Orenn, Oren, Oram and many more.

First found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat in their territories. The Pictish influence on Scottish history diminished after Kenneth Macalpine became King of all Scotland. But those east coast families still played an important role in government and were more accessible to Government than their western highland counterparts. Allegiances were important to Scottish middle age survival. Later they held a family seat in the parish Kennay and Henry Owrum was elected a councillor of Aberdeen in 1479.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orem research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1633, 1694, 1722, 1725 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Orem History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Orem Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • James Orem, who landed in New England in 1721

Orem Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Albert Joshua Orem, aged 53, who settled in America, in 1904
  • J. Orem, aged 20, who emigrated to America, in 1904
  • Mrs. A. Y. Orem, aged 51, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Mrs. Orem, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Hugh Orem, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910


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  • Dale L. Orem (1938-1984), American businessman and politician, Mayor of Jeffersonville, Indiana (1984 to 1991)
  • Preston Ware Orem (1865-1938), American composer, pianist, and writer


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  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  4. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
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  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Orem Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Orem 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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