Origins Available: English
The Dorhan surname is a habitational name, originally taken on from the city of Durham
, in northeastern England
. This place name comes from the Old English "dun," meaning "hil." Another source claims the name "is derived from the Saxon Bun and holm, a town in a wood." CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
Early Origins of the Dorhan family
The surname Dorhan was first found in " Durham
in the north of England
, anciently Dunhelm or Dunholm." CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3) CITATION[CLOSE]
Sims, Clifford Stanley The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames. 1862. Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list Walter de Durham
and William de Dureham in London and John de Durame in Essex
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
By far the lion's share of records are found north in Scotland
where "Robertus de Durham
was one of twelve Scots knights appointed to settle the laws of the marches in 1249. The seal of Walter Durham
who rendered homage in 1290 reads S' Valteri Dwrant. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Dorhan family
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Dorhan Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Dorhan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dorhan family to Ireland
Some of the Dorhan family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Dorhan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Elizabeth Durham
who settled in Virginia in 1653; Robert Durham
, who settled in Maryland in 1729 with his wife Elizabeth; George Durham, who settled in Virginia in 1721.
The Dorhan Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ultra fert animus
Motto Translation: The mind bears onwards