The name Dorhan comes from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada, where it was used to indicate someone who worked as a door attendant. The name is also a nickname
type of surname derived from the Old English word deore,
which means "beloved", and "man"
Early Origins of the Dorhan family
The surname Dorhan was 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.
Early History of the Dorhan family
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Dorhan Spelling Variations
Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. In various documents Dorhan has been spelled Dorman, Dorward, Doorman, Durward and others.
Early Notables of the Dorhan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dorhan family to Ireland
Some of the Dorhan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dorhan family to the New World and Oceana
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence
. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan
societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Dorhan, or a variant listed above: A Peter Dorman settled in Virginia in 1652. Sarah and Richard Dorman were included on passenger lists in 1656.
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