The ancient roots of the Dorns family are found in the German state of Bavaria
. The Dorns surname, was a local
name, for someone who lived near a thorn-bush or hedge. The surname Dorns 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 Dorns 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 Dorns family lived on a feudal
estate. Land proprietorship and management were the sole source of wealth and power in the Middle Ages and the Dorns family, as noble landowners, became prestigious members of the landed aristocracy.
Early Origins of the Dorns family
The surname Dorns 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 Dorns family
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Dorns Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Dorns include Dorn, Dorner, Doorn, Doern, Dorne, Dorns and others.
Early Notables of the Dorns family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dorns family to the New World and Oceana
German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant
farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Dorns surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.