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Dorkin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Dorkin 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print


Early Origins of the Dorkin family


The surname Dorkin was first found in " Durham in the north of England, anciently Dunhelm or Dunholm." [2]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)
[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. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
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 of Dumfriesshire who rendered homage in 1290 reads S' Valteri Dwrant. " [2]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 Dorkin family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorkin research.
Another 184 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1246, 1296, 1565 and 1399 are included under the topic Early Dorkin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dorkin Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Durham, Durehame, Durrame, Dirom and others.

Early Notables of the Dorkin family (pre 1700)


Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dorkin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Dorkin family to Ireland


Some of the Dorkin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 186 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Dorkin family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dorkin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Dorkin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Francis Dorkin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1865 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Dorkin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Dorkin, aged 18, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • John Dorkin, aged 17, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

Contemporary Notables of the name Dorkin (post 1700)


  • Evan Dorkin (b. 1965), American comics artist and writer, best known for his work on the comic books Milk and Cheese and Dork
  • Jack W. Dorkin (b. 1866), English professional footballer who played from 1883 to 1902

The Dorkin 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


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Citations


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Sims, Clifford Stanley The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames. 1862. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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