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Doreen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , Scottish


The distinguished surname Doreen was first brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is patronymic in origin, signifying "the son of Durant," an Old French personal name. Looking at records from this time, we found Geoffry, Roger and Henry Durant who claimed descent from Normandy c. 1180-95 while another census in 1198, lists Aceline, Ralph, Richard, and Robert Durant.


Early Origins of the Doreen family


The surname Doreen was first found in Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and Shropshire at Tong, a parish, in the union of Shiffnall, Shiffnall division of the hundred of Brimstree. "Tong Castle, the seat of the family of Durant, a magnificent mansion remodelled in the last century, is crowned with numerous turrets, pinnacles, and eight lofty domes, producing a striking effect: it contains many valuable pictures and cabinets." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Another branch of the family were found at Wallingswells in the West Riding of Yorkshire. "In excavating near the house [of Sir Thomas Woolaston White], in 1829, several stone coffins were found, and amongst them that of Dame Margery Dourant, second abbess of the convent, who died in the reign of Richard I ([1189-1199)]." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Early History of the Doreen family


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Doreen 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 Durand, Durant, Durande, Durrane, Dant, Dante and many more.

Early Notables of the Doreen family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Doreen family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Doreen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Doreen, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"

Doreen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Peter Doreen, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
  • Peter jun Doreen, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
  • Thomas Doreen, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant

Contemporary Notables of the name Doreen (post 1700)


  • Mary Doreen Weeden DBE (b. 1944), birth name of Mary Doreen Archer, Baroness Archer, British scientist specialising in solar power conversion
  • Gillian Doreen Triggs (b. 1945), Australian public international lawyer and academic, professor at the University of Sydney, Dean of the Sydney Law School (2007 to 2012)
  • Doreen Edith Dominy Valiente (1922-1999), English Wiccan from Surrey who was responsible for writing much of the early religious liturgy within the tradition of Gardnerian Wicca
  • Doreen Isabelle Tracey (1943-2018), English-born, American actress who appeared on the original Mickey Mouse Club television show from 1955 to 1958
  • Doreen McEluany, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004
  • Doreen McCannell Botterill (b. 1947), Canadian speed skater at the 1964 and 1968 Winter Olympics, inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame
  • Doreen Barbara Massey FRSA FBA FAcSS (1944-2016), British social scientist and geographer
  • Doreen Cantrell FRS,CBE, FRSE, FMedSci, British scientist and Professor of Cellular Immunology at the University of Dundee
  • Doreen Southwood (b. 1974), South African artist, designer, and boutique owner in Cape Town
  • Doreen Chanter, British singer, best known as a member of the Chanter Sisters

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Citations


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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