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Doret History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Medieval society of France produced the name of Doret. It was a Breton name given to a person with blond hair. Other references show the name was originally derived from the Old French word d'ore, which meant of gold.

Early Origins of the Doret family


The surname Doret was first found in Brittany, where the family first established itself as an important participant in the cultural and political events of the region.

Early History of the Doret family


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Doret Spelling Variations


Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Doret, including Doré, Dorée, Dore, Doret, Dorot, Dorat, Daurat, Doray, Dorey, Doreau, Dorin, Daurin, Daurinet, Dorer and many more.

Early Notables of the Doret family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Doret family to the New World and Oceana


Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Doret has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Doret were Louis Dore, who arrived in Quebec, Canada in 1670; Thomas Dore who arrived in America in 1728; Jacob Dorer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744; Antoine Dore, who settled in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1770.

Contemporary Notables of the name Doret (post 1700)


  • Thomas Doret (b. 1996), Belgian actor, best known for his role as Cyril in The Kid with a Bike
  • Gustave Doret (1866-1943), Swiss composer and conductor

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