Dorland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The history of the name Dorland begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for a person who was greatly loved by his friends and family. The surname was originally derived from the word deorling, which meant darling.  
Early Origins of the Dorland family
The surname Dorland was first found in Devon where Oter Dirlinges sunu was listed (1100-1130.) 
However, another source claims there is an even older Saxon reference "AElfmar Dyrling, a noble youth is mentioned in the Saxon Chronicle." 
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle dates back to the late 9th century probably in Wessex and was updated through 1154. The name Derling with no personal name was listed in Bedfordshire 1133-1160 and later in the Pipe Rolls of Devon in 1177. In the same year many miles to the north, the first listing of the name in Scotland was found specifically Derlig de Ardift who was a witness to a charter. 
But continuing the quest in England, we found Durling atte Forde in 1330, William Dierling (Derling) in the Pipe Rolls of Devon 1195-1196.  The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists: Ricardus Derlyng; Adam Derlyng; and Johannes Derlyng. 
A few years later in Scotland, Waldevus Darling or Derlyng was a charter witness in Roxburgh c. 1338. Sir John Derlynge was precentor of Caithness in 1368 and later John Derling and Andrew Derling were burgesses of Edinburgh in 1381. 
Early History of the Dorland family
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Dorland Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Dorland are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Dorland include: Darling, Derling, Darlin, Durling, Darline, Derline, Derlin and many more.
Early Notables of the Dorland family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include General Sir Ralph Darling, GCH (1772-1858), a British colonial Governor and the seventh Governor of New South Wales (from 19 December 1825 to 22 October 1831). He "was son of Christopher Darling, who was promoted from sergeant-major to the adjutancy of the 45th foot in...
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Migration of the Dorland family to Ireland
Some of the Dorland 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.
| Dorland migration to the United States ||+|
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Dorland or a variant listed above:
Dorland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jan Gerrise Dorland, who landed in New York in 1652 
Dorland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mr. Dorland, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 
- Mrs. Dorland, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
| Dorland migration to Canada ||+|
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dorland Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Doty U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 part of the Penobscot Association 
- Mr. Peter Dorn U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 
Dorland Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- David Dorland, who arrived in Canada in 1831
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