Dorlings History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Dorlings is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in or beside a meadow. The surname Dorlings originally derived from the Old English word Dael. 
Early Origins of the Dorlings family
The surname Dorlings was first found in Norfolk at either Field Dalling or Wood Dalling. Collectively they date back to the Domesday Book when they were listed as Dallinga.  Later there was a split in the villages as Wode Dallinges was listed in 1198 and Fildedalling was listed in 1272. 
The parish of Wood-Dalling (anciently spelt Wode Dallinges) in Norfolk was a family seat since early times. "The Hall, now a respectable farmhouse, was built in 1582 by a member of the Dalling family, which during a long period held the estate." 
The source History of Norfolk has the following entries for the family: Phillip de Dalling, Norfolk, 10 John; Eustace de Dalling, Norfolk, 6 Edward II; Peter de Dallyng, Norfolk, 1291; and Roger Dallyng, vicar of Brooke, Norfolk, 1409. 
Further to the north in Scotland, the Dawling variant was most popular: "Robert Dawling in Leith accepts the king's coronation, 1567, and Jonet Dauling was heir of Violet Dauling, lawfully born daughter of Robert Dawling, 1637. James Dawling was member of Scots parliament for South Queensferry, 1639. Jeanna Dawling and Helena Dawling were heirs portioners of James Dawling, burgess of Sowth Queensferrie, their father, 1668. Probably of English origin from Dalling in Norfolk." 
Early History of the Dorlings family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorlings research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1567, 1684, 1691, 1695, 1561, 1637 and 1561 are included under the topic Early Dorlings History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dorlings Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Dorlings has been spelled many different ways, including Dalling, Dawling, Douling, Dauling, Dallinger and others.
Early Notables of the Dorlings family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dorlings family to Ireland
Some of the Dorlings family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 30 words (2 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 Dorlings family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Dorlingss to arrive in North America: Joe Dallinger who settled in Barbados in 1635; Cornelius Dawling settled in Virginia in 1654; Thomas Dawling arrived in Philadelphia in 1878.
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