Dorken History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Dorken 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." 
Early Origins of the Dorken family
The surname Dorken was first found in "Durham in the north of England, anciently Dunhelm or Dunholm."   The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Walter de Durham and William de Dureham in London and John de Durame in Essex.  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 of Dumfriesshire who rendered homage in 1290 reads S' Valteri Dwrant. " 
Early History of the Dorken family
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Dorken Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Durham, Durehame, Durrame, Dirom and others.
Early Notables of the Dorken family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Alexander Durhame, argentier to the king and queen in 1565; John Durham, English politician, Member of Parliament for Middlesex in 1399; and Alexander Durham, Minder of the Royal Mint.
James Durham (1622-1658), was a Scottish covenanting divine...
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Migration of the Dorken family to Ireland
Some of the Dorken 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dorken family
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 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
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