Show ContentsDorne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestral home of the Dorne family is Bavaria. Dorne is a local name for a person who lived near a thorn-bush or hedge. The surname Dorne 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 Dorne 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 Dorne family lived on a feudal estate. Land proprietorship and management were the sole source of wealth and power in the Middle Ages and the Dorne family, as noble landowners, became prestigious members of the landed aristocracy.

Early Origins of the Dorne family

The surname Dorne 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 Dorne family

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Dorne Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Dorne include Dorn, Dorner, Doorn, Doern, Dorne, Dorns and others.

Early Notables of the Dorne family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Dorne in this period include Gerhard Dorn (c. 1530-1584), a Belgian philosopher, translator, alchemist, physician and bibliophile; and Isaac August Dorner (1809-1884), an important Lutheran theologian. Heinrich Ludwig Edmund Dorn was a very considerable musician of modern Germany, born at Königsberg, Prussia, Nov. 14, 1804. His turn for music showed itself early, and was duly encouraged and assisted, but not so as to interfere with his general education. He went through...
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Dorne Ranking

In France, the name Dorne is the 7,833rd most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [1]

United States Dorne migration to the United States +

Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dorne or a variant listed above:

Dorne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Dorne, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [2]
Dorne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Dorne, aged 56, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dorne (post 1700) +

  • Albert Dorne (1906-1965), American Illustrator, entrepreneur, and co-founder of correspondence schools for aspiring artists, photographers, and writers
  • Sandra Dorne (1924-1992), born Joan Smith, was a British actress from Keighley, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • Dorne Allen Dibble (1929-2018), American football wide receiver for the Detroit Lions (1951, 1953–1957)

  2. 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) on Facebook