Doern History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Doern family. The Doern surname evolved as a local name for a family that lived near a thorn-bush or hedge. The surname Doern is derived from the German word dorn, which means thorn. Thus, the name was adopted by a person who lived near thorn bushes. The name Doern also was used by people from Dornach, which is a town located near Munich in Bavaria. There is also a town named Dörnach in Tübingen, Westphalia and a city named Thorn (which is now Torun) in Poland. In Bavaria, the Doern family lived on a feudal estate. Land proprietorship and management were the sole source of wealth and power in the Middle Ages and the Doern family, as noble landowners, became prestigious members of the landed aristocracy.

Early Origins of the Doern family

The surname Doern was first found in Bavaria, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Important Dates for the Doern family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doern research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1738, 1530, 1584, 1809 and 1884 are included under the topic Early Doern History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Doern Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Doern include Dorn, Dorner, Doorn, Doern, Dorne, Dorns and others.

Early Notables of the Doern family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Doern family

Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Doern or a variant listed above: Christian Dorn, age 35; settled in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1766; Daniel Dorn settled in New Jersey in 1763; Godfrey Dorn settled in Philadelphia in 1842.

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