Dorney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dorney family

The surname Dorney was first found in Kerry (Irish: Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province, where they held a family seat as the Viscounts Clanmaurice seated at Abbeydorney. Irish history was greatly influenced by the Norman invasion of 1172, and thereafter, the surnames of Irish Gaelic clanns and septs and many of the Norman families became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later in Cork but the name is mostly found in Ulster and here represented the first recorded reference to the name.

As far as the Dorney variant is concerned, "Woulfe makes this Cork and Tipperary name Ó Doirinne. It takes the form Durney in east Munster." [1]

The Torney variant descends from the Irish O'Torna, (descendant of Torn) "Torney is now a pretty common family- name, the correct form of which is O'Torna. According to O'Curry, they derive their name from the celebrated poet Torna Eigeas, who flourished in the fourth century; and they inhabited the district of O'Torna in the North of Kerry." [2] "Ó Torna This name is mainly found in Ulster; but it is also a synonym of Dorney of Cos. Cork and Kerry." [3]

Torna Éices nicknamed Éices or Éces ("the poet, sage"), was noted as "the last great bard of Pagan Ireland." He was the foster-father of the Irish kings Corc and Niall of the Nine Hostages.

Early History of the Dorney family

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Dorney Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dorney, Torney, O'Dorney, O'Torney, Durney, O'Durney, Turney and many more.

Early Notables of the Dorney family (pre 1700)

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United States Dorney migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dorney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edmund Dorney, who arrived in Mississippi in 1840 [4]

Canada Dorney migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dorney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Dorney, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1841

Contemporary Notables of the name Dorney (post 1700) +

  • Keith Dorney (b. 1957), American former offensive lineman for the National Football League's Detroit Lions from Allentown Pennsylvania


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Supplement to Irish Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. ^ 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)


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