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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.


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] 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.

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.


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

  • James Dore who settled in Virginia in the year 1621
  • James Dore, who landed in Virginia in 1621

Dore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Dore who arrived in America in 1728
  • Antoine Dore, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1770
  • Antoine Dore, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1770
  • 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
  • Mrs. Dore 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
  • Martin Dore, who arrived in Florida in 1838

Dore Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Louis Dore, who arrived in Quebec, Canada in 1670

Dore Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Edwd Dore, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Jaque Dore, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Jeanne Dore, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Nicholas Dore, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Susanna Dore, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757

Dore Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edward Dore, who arrived in Halifax or New York in 1811


  • 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
  • Mr. Albert James Dore (1889-1953), aged 22, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking
  • Charlie Dore (b. 1956), English rock singer from Pinner, Middlesex
  • 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
  • Mr. Frederick Raymond Dore, British Warrant Officer Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • 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



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Other References

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  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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