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The original Gaelic form of the Irish name Dorning was O Duirnin or O Dornian, possibly derived from the word "dorn," which means "fist."

Dorning Early Origins



The surname Dorning was first found in County Antrim (Irish: Aontroim) located in the province of Ulster in present day Northern Ireland, where they had been anciently seated for many centuries and held territories in that county.

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Dorning Spelling Variations


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Dorning Spelling Variations



Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Dorning family name include Durnan, Durnane, Durneen, Durnin, Durnain, Dornan, Dornain and many more.

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Dorning Early History


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Dorning Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorning research. Another 321 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1596 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Dorning History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dorning Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dorning Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Dorning Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the late 18th century, Irish families began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of Dorning: Nicholas Durnan who settled in Virginia in 1734; Charles Durnin settled in Newcastle in Co. Delaware in 1827; John Durnin arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1868.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dorning (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dorning (post 1700)



  • Stacy Dorning (b. 1958), English actress, best known for her role in The Adventures of Black Beauty (19731974), daughter of Robert Dorning
  • Robert Dorning (1913-1989), English musician, ballet dancer, and stage, film, and television actor

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    5. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    10. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    11. ...

    The Dorning Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dorning Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 27 February 2017 at 12:36.

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