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Early Origins of the Doris family

The surname Doris was first found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor. They held a family seat in D'Oris, in the department of Isere, in the canton of Entraigues a community from which they take their name. The name was connected with an ancient Indo Euopean Swiss race which migrated to the region from Thessalie in the 13th century. The family were well established in the region of the Rhone in south eastern France and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility.

Early History of the Doris family

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Doris Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: D'Oris, Doris, Dorris, Dorries, Dorrisse, Dorais, De Oris, De Orris and many more.

Early Notables of the Doris family

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Doris Ranking

In the United States, the name Doris is the 14,926th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

United States Doris migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Doris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dennis Hugh and John Doris, who settled in Allegheny County in the 1840's
  • John Doris, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 2
  • Dennis Doris, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 2
  • Hugh Doris, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 2

Australia Doris migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Doris Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Doris, aged 19, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham" 3
  • Matthew Doris, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"
  • Ann Doris, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

Contemporary Notables of the name Doris (post 1700) +

  • Caelan Doris (b. 1998), Irish professional rugby union player who plays as a number eight for United Rugby Championship club Leinster and the Ireland national team
  • Ennio Doris (1940-2021), Italian billionaire businessman who founded Mediolanum SpA
  • William Doris (1860-1926), Irish politician, Member of Parliament, and co-founder of The Mayo News
  • Steven James Doris (b. 1988), Scottish footballer
  • Clarisse Doris Hellman Pepper (1910-1973), American historian of science, "one of the first professional historians of science in the United States"
  • Adelina Doris Monteiro (1934-2023), Brazilian singer and actress
  • Robbie Doris McCauley (1942-2021), American playwright, director, performer and professor from Norfolk, Virginia, best known for her plays Sugar and Sally's Rape
  • Mrs. Sylvia Doris Martin M.B.E., British recipient of the Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for public and political service 4
  • Judith Doris Forst OC OBC (b. 1943), née Lumb, a Canadian mezzo-soprano
  • Cleo Doris Bouyer, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 4th District, 1961 5

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  3. South Australian Register Monday 20th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Thomas Gresham 1854. Retrieved
  4. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018,
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from on Facebook