The history of the Dorbey family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Lancashire
. The name derives, however, from the family's former place of residence, Auby, Normandy
, where they would have been referred to as D'Auby, meaning from Auby
Early Origins of the Dorbey family
The surname Dorbey was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Dorbey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorbey research.Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1379, 1455, 1421, 1435, 1589, 1616, 1672, 1588, 1631, 1627, 1694, 1625, 1686, 1662, 1683, 1683, 1627, 1694, 1662, 1710 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Dorbey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dorbey Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Dalby, Dalbie, Daylby, Dailby, D'Alby, D'Aubly and many more.
Early Notables of the Dorbey family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Dalby (died before 1455), an English politician, Member of the Parliament of England
for Gloucester from 1421 to 1435; Robert Dalby (died 1589), an English Catholic priest and martyr; Edward Dalby (ca.1616-1672), a Recorder of Reading, Berkshire; William Dolben (c.
1588-1631), a... Another 82 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dorbey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dorbey family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Dorbey or a variant listed above were: William Dalbie who settled in Virginia in 1623; Joane Dalbey settled in Barbados in 1679; John Dalby settled in Virginia in 1679; Susan Dalby settled in Maryland in 1736.
The Dorbey 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: In Deo spero
Motto Translation: I hope in God.