Dorn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Dorn family. Dorn is a local name, first used as a surname for someone who lived near a thorn-bush or hedge. The surname Dorn is derived from the German word dorn, which means thorn. Thus, the name was adopted by a person who lived near thorn bushes. The name Dorn also was used by people from Dornach, which is a town located near Munich in Bavaria. There is also a town named Dörnach in Tübingen, Westphalia and a city named Thorn (which is now Torun) in Poland. In Bavaria, the Dorn family lived on a feudal estate. Land proprietorship and management were the sole source of wealth and power in the Middle Ages and the Dorn family, as noble landowners, became prestigious members of the landed aristocracy.

Early Origins of the Dorn family

The surname Dorn was first found in Bavaria, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Dorn family

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Dorn Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Dorn include Dorn, Dorner, Doorn, Doern, Dorne, Dorns and others.

Early Notables of the Dorn family (pre 1700)

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United States Dorn migration to the United States +

European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Dorns to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Dorn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Wm. Dorn, age 22, who arrived in St. Christopher in 1635
  • William Dorn, aged 22, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [1]
Dorn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lazarus Dorn, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Caspar Dorn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Anna Maria Dorn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Daniel Dorn, who settled in New Jersey in 1763
  • Daniel Dorn, who landed in New Jersey in 1763 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dorn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Dorn, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1837 [1]
  • Wendal Dorn, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839 [1]
  • Nicholas Dorn, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [1]
  • Godfrey Dorn, who settled in Philadelphia in 1842
  • Thomas Dorn, who landed in America in 1855 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dorn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • August Dorn, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906 [1]

Canada Dorn migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dorn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Dougal U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]

New Zealand Dorn migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dorn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Lucy Dorn, (b. 1816), aged 49, British monthly nurse travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastern Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 4th January 1865 [3]
  • Miss Elizabeth Dorn, (b. 1841), aged 24, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastern Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 4th January 1865 [3]
  • Mr. Charles Dorn, (b. 1848), aged 17, British carpenter travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastern Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 4th January 1865 [3]
  • Mr. George Dorn, (b. 1848), aged 17, British bricklayer travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastern Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 4th January 1865 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dorn (post 1700) +

  • Joel Dorn (1942-2007), American two-time Grammy Award winning jazz and R&B music producer and record label entrepreneur
  • William Jennings Bryan Dorn (1916-2005), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina (1951-1974), Chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee (1973-1975)
  • Edward J. Dorn (1854-1937), American captain in the United States Navy, Governor of Guam (1907-1910)
  • Michael Dorn (b. 1952), American actor, best known for his role as the Klingon Worf in the Star Trek franchise
  • Edward "Ed" Dorn (1929-1999), American poet, known for his most famous work Gunslinger
  • Brigadier-General Frank Dorn (1901-1981), American Attached to the Office of the Secretary of State for Defense (1949-) [4]
  • Rüdiger Dorn (b. 1969), German-style board game designer
  • Friedrich Ernst Dorn (1848-1916), German physicist who discovered radon
  • Adriana de Lourdes Dorn Rodríguez (b. 1986), Nicaraguan beauty pageant titleholder, Miss Nicaragua 2011
  • Dieter Dorn (b. 1935), influential director of the Munich city theater, as well as the Salzburg drama festivals


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Frank Dorn. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Dorn/Frank/USA.html


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