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Where did the English Dore family come from? What is the English Dore family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dore family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dore family history?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.
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.
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."  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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dore research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dore History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Dore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Dore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Dore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Dore Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Dore Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Dore Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
The Dore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dore 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.
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