Show ContentsDore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Dore family name to the British Isles. They lived in Herefordshire. The family settled in Dore in that county, and it is from this location that their surname derives.

Early Origins of the Dore family

The surname Dore was first found in Herefordshire at Dore Abbey, a former Cistercian abbey in the village of Abbey Dore in the Golden Valley. The abbey was founded in 1147 by Robert fitzHarold of Ewyas, the Lord of Ewyas Harold, and derives it name from the River Dore, a Celtic river-name meaning "the waters." 1

"This parish derives its name from its situation on the river Dore, and from an abbey of White or Cistercian monks, founded here in the reign of Stephen, by Robert, son of Harold, Lord of Ewyas, and dedicated to the Virgin Mary and St. Edmund." 2

Dore is also a village in South Yorkshire which is listed in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle c. 829 when King Egbert of Wessex led his army to the village to receive the submission of King Eanred of Northumbria. Some claim that Egbert became the first king of England at Dore. Today the "Dore Stone," located on the village green commemorates King Egbert's victory.

Early History of the Dore family

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Dore Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Dore, Dorey, Dory, Dorie, Doar, Doare, Doore, Doorey, Doorie and many more.

Early Notables of the Dore family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • Dore of Hereford

Dore World Ranking

In the United States, the name Dore is the 6,873rd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 3 However, in Canada, the name Dore is ranked the 986th most popular surname with an estimated 5,484 people with that name. 4 And in Quebec, Canada, the name Dore is the 396th popular surname. 5 France ranks Dore as 921st with 5,634 people. 6

Ireland Migration of the Dore family to Ireland

Some of the Dore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Dore migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dore or a variant listed above:

Dore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Dore, aged 19, who arrived in Virginia in 1619 aboard the ship "Bona Nova" 7
Dore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Dore who arrived in America in 1728
  • Antoine Dore, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1770 7
  • James Dore who settled in Virginia in 1774
Dore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gaspard Dore, who arrived in Louisiana in 1805-1809 7
  • Mrs. Dore, who arrived in Norfolk Virginia in 1820 with her child
  • James and John Dore, who both settled in New York in 1821
  • Robert B Dore, who landed in New York, NY in 1825 7
  • Martin Dore, who arrived in Florida in 1838 7
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Dore migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dore Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Louis Dore, who arrived in Quebec, Canada in 1670
  • Louis Dore, son of Pierre and Hilaire, who married Jeanne Fossé, daughter of Vincent and Noelle, in Quebec on 1st September 1670 8
  • Louis Dore, son of Louis and Jeanne, who married Catherine Cocquin, daughter of Pierre and Catherine, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 24th November 1699 8
Dore Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Etienne Dore, son of Louis and Jeanne, who married Louise Aubuchon, daughte of Pierre and Jeanne, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 6th February 1720 8
  • Etienne Dore, son of Louis and Jeanne, who married Marie-Charlotte Morisset, daughter of Mathurin and Isabelle, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 12th April 1723 8
  • Louis Dore, son of Pierre-Louis and Catherine, who married Marie-Charlotte Gingras, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Madeleine, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 9th January 1730 8
  • Jean-Baptiste Dore, son of Jean and Marie, who married Marie-Madeleine Renaud, daughter of Jean and Marguerite, in Montreal, Quebec on 16th August 1731 8
  • Joseph Dore, son of Pierre-Louis and Catherine, who married Marie-Josephte Gingras, daughter of Joseph and Marie-Anne, in Saint-Augustin, Quebec on 25th January 1740 8
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dore Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Edward Dore, who arrived in Halifax or New York in 1811

Australia Dore migration to Australia +

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

Dore Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Eliza Dore, (b. 1823), aged 20, English house maid who was convicted in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Emma Eugenia" on 16th November 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 9
  • Miss Eliza Dore, (b. 1839), aged 13, Welsh dairy maid who was convicted in Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wales for life for murder, transported aboard the "Duchess of Northumberland" on 25th November 1852, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), she died in 1875 10

Contemporary Notables of the name Dore (post 1700) +

  • Florence Dore, American rock artist
  • Ronald Philip Dore (b. 1925), British university professor, Sussex, England, member of the British Academy, and Foreign Honorary Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Science
  • Charlie Dore (b. 1956), English rock singer from Pinner, Middlesex
  • Marcel Doré (1896-1955), French aviator, eponym of the Marcel Doré Cup
  • Ronald Philip Dore CBE FBA (1925-2018), British sociologist who specialized in Japanese economy and society
  • David Dore (1940-2016), Canadian gold medalist figure skater at the 1964 Canadian Figure Skating Championships, President (1980-1984) and Director General (1986-2004) of the CFSA
  • Jean-Marie Doré (1938-2016), Guinean politician, Prime Minister of Guinea in 2010
  • Jean Doré (1945-2015), Canadian politician, two-time Mayor of Montreal, founding member of the Montreal Citizens’ Movement municipal party in 1974
  • Edna Doré (1921-2014), née Gorring, a British actress, best known for her role as Mo Butcher in the BBC soap opera EastEnders (1988-1990)
  • Jonathan David "Jon" Dore (b. 1975), Canadian comedian and actor from Ottawa, Ontario
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Frederick Raymond Dore, British Warrant Officer Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking 11
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Albert James Dore (1889-1953), aged 22, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking 12

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