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The historical and enchanting region of Austria is the ancient homeland of the distinguished Doerr family. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 B C. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.

Doerr Early Origins



The surname Doerr was first found in Austria, where the name could be considered to have made a major contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses in Austria and Germany which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group supremacy in a changing territorial profile.

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Doerr Spelling Variations


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Doerr Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Doerr include Dorr, Doerr, Dor, Doer, Dorrs, Dors, Dorrer, Doerrer, Deorrie and many more.

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Doerr Early History


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Doerr Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doerr research. Another 246 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1446 is included under the topic Early Doerr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Doerr Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Doerr Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Doerr Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Doerr or a variant listed above:

Doerr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Heinrich Doerr, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Johann Henrich Doerr, who landed in America in 1742
  • Mrs. Nicholas Doerr, who arrived in America in 1742
  • Adam Doerr, who arrived in America in 1749
  • Conrad Doerr, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Doerr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Doerr, who arrived in New York in 1843
  • Henry Doerr, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Lewis Doerr, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • J F Doerr, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • William Doerr, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Doerr (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Doerr (post 1700)



  • Susan Elizabeth Doerr (b. 1945), American Olympic gold medalist swimmer
  • Anthony Doerr (b. 1973), American fiction writer
  • L. John Doerr (b. 1951), American venture capitalist, Forbes ranks him as the 540th richest person in the world
  • Robert Pershing Doerr (b. 1918), former Major League Baseball second baseman

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Motto


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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: Ad majorem dei gloriam
Motto Translation: For the greater glory of God


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    6. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    7. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    8. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    10. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 23 November 2016 at 16:38.

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