The ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada is thought to be the home of the ancestors of the Orey family. Their name comes from someone having lived on a bank, or on the edge of a hill. The Orey surname arose independently from different sources. In some instances, it came from the Old English word ora,
which means "edge" and was probably a name for someone who lived on a bank, or on the edge of a hill. Orey also came form the Old Norse name Orri,
which meant "black rooster." It also emerged from the Gaelic word, odhar,
which meant "pale" and would have been a nickname
that became a surname.
Early Origins of the Orey family
The surname Orey was first found in Renfrewshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland
, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew
, East Renfrewshire
, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Orey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orey research.Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1503 are included under the topic Early Orey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Orey Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations
appear in records of early Scottish names. Orey has appeared as Orr, Ore, Orre and others.
Early Notables of the Orey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Orey family to Ireland
Some of the Orey family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 139 words (10 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 Orey family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Orey or a variant listed above: Alexander Orr who arrived in New York state in 1803; Arthur, Charles, George, Hannah, James, John, Martha, Mary, Patrick, Robert, Samuel, Thomas and William all arrived in Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860..
The Orey Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Bonis omnia bona
Motto Translation: All things are good to the good.