The Dornier family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria
. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Dornier is a local
surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Dornier was given to someone who lived near a thorn-bush or hedge. The surname Dornier 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 Dornier 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 Dornier family lived on a feudal
estate. Land proprietorship and management were the sole source of wealth and power in the Middle Ages and the Dornier family, as noble landowners, became prestigious members of the landed aristocracy.
Early Origins of the Dornier family
The surname Dornier 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 Dornier family
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Dornier 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 Dornier include Dorn, Dorner, Doorn, Doern, Dorne, Dorns and others.
Early Notables of the Dornier family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dornier family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant
farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Christian Dorn, age 35; settled in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1766; Daniel Dorn settled in New Jersey in 1763; Godfrey Dorn settled in Philadelphia in 1842.
Contemporary Notables of the name Dornier (post 1700)
- Claudius Dornier (1884-1969), German airplane builder and founder of Dornier GmbH
- Jacques Louis Dornier, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 24) Jacques Dornier. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
- Brigadier-General Clément Dornier (1881-1975), French Commanding Officer during World War II CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) Clément Dornier. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Dornier/Cl%C3%A9ment-Marie-Marcel/France.html
Historic Events for the Dornier family
- Mr. Louis Auguste Dornier (d. 1912), aged 20, English Asst. Fish Cook from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html