Doran History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Gaelic is at the heart of all the Irish surnames that can be found throughout the world today. The original Gaelic form of the name Doran is O Deoradhain, which was later shortened to O Deorain. Both names are probably derived from the word deoradh, referring to an exile.

Early Origins of the Doran family

The surname Doran was first found in Leix (Irish: Laois) formerly known as Queen's County, located in central Ireland, in Leinster Province, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Doran family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doran research. Another 212 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1523, 1540, 1807, 1814, 1835, 1878, and 1885 are included under the topic Early Doran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Doran Spelling Variations

Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Doran are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include Doran, Dorran, O'Doran, O'Deorain, Dorain, Doron and others.

Early Notables of the Doran family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family name at this time was Maurice Doran, Bishop of Leighlin who was murdered by his archdeacon in 1523; Charles Guilfoyle Doran (1835-1909), Irish...
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United States Doran migration to the United States +

Ireland saw an enormous decrease in its population in the 19th century due to immigration and death. This pattern of immigration began slowly in the late 18th century and gradually grew throughout the early portion of the 19th century. However, a dramatic increase in the country's immigration numbers occurred when the Great Potato Famine struck in the 1840s. The early immigrants to North America were primarily destined to be farmers tending to their own plot of land, those that came later initially settled within pre-established urban centers. These urban immigrants provided the cheap labor that the fast developing United States and soon to be Canada required. Regardless of their new lifestyle in North America, the Irish immigrants to the United States and Canada made invaluable contributions to their newly adopted societies. An investigation of immigrant and passenger lists revealed many Dorans:

Doran Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Bryan Doran, who landed in Virginia in 1695 [1]
Doran Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lough Doran, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [1]
  • Lott Doran, who landed in Virginia in 1706 [1]
  • Anne Doran, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [1]
Doran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Doran, who landed in America in 1802 [1]
  • Felipe Doran, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1804 [1]
  • E Doran, aged 28, who arrived in America in 1822 [1]
  • Patrick Doran, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1830 [1]
  • William Doran, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Doran migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Doran Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Edward Doran, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Edward Doran, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. James Dore U.E. (b. 1771), aged 12 who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 559 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [2]
  • Mr. Joseph Doreal U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 375 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [2]
  • Thomas M Doran, who arrived in Quebec in 1784
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Doran Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Doran, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1824
  • John Doran, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • John Doran, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • Elizabeth Doran, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • William Doran, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Doran migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Doran Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Patrick Doran, Irish convict who was convicted in Queen's County, Ireland for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. James Doran, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 5th June 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Henry Doran, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Doran, British convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 19th November 1827, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Richard Doran, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancastershire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Doran migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Doran Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Doran, aged 44, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Mary Doran, aged 30, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Patrick Doran, aged 1, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • William Doran, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Miss Margaret Doran, (b. 1863), aged 11 months, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Doran (post 1700) +

  • Thomas George Doran (1936-2016), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, the 8th Bishop of the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois (1994-2012)
  • William Donald Doran (b. 1958), American former Major League Baseball second baseman from Cincinnati, Ohio
  • William Doran (1916-1973), American Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, eponym of Doran's Bend, Isle of Man after his crash there
  • Colleen Doran (b. 1964), American writer/artist, film conceptual artist, and cartoonist, inducted into the Women Cartoonist's Hall of Fame (2007)
  • James Robert Doran (b. 1927), former American NFL football wide receiver
  • Brigadier-General Charles Richard Doran (1892-1984), American Commanding Officer 18th Field Artillery Regiment (1941-1942) [8]
  • Ann Lee Doran (1911-2000), American character actress, active 1922-1988, featured in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), she often appeared with The Three Stooges, Charley Chase, Andy Clyde, and Harry Langdon
  • Admiral Walter F. Doran (b. 1945), Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet (CINCPAC) from May 2002 to July 2005
  • John James Doran (1864-1904), American United States Navy chief-at-arms, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Bill Doran (1898-1978), American Major League Baseball third baseman
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1827
  6. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 23rd August 2020, Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie)
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Charles Doran. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Doran/Charles_Richard/USA.html


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