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. [1] Later there was a split in the villages as Wode Dallinges was listed in 1198 and Fildedalling was listed in 1272. [2]

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." [3]

Important Dates for the Dorlings family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorlings research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1400 and 1567 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)

More information is included under the topic Early Dorlings Notables 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.

Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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