Show ContentsDorough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The chronicles of the Dorough family reach back into Scottish history to an ancient tribe known as the Picts. The ancestors of the Dorough family lived in Darroch in Stirlinghsire. The name could also be derived a form of the lost name MacDara which meant son of oak and others believe the name is from Dath riabhach. Literally, the name comes from the Gaelic "darach" which means "oak tree."

Early Origins of the Dorough family

The surname Dorough was first found in Stirlingshire, where one of the first records of the family was John Darach who was bailie of Stirling in 1406. "John Darach de Cruce mentioned in 1445 may be John Darraugh, commissioner for the burgh of Stirling in 1450. Jonete Daroch is in record in 1458, and Mariote Darrauch appears as nurse of the Lady Margaret, second daughter of James II., 1462." [1]

Early History of the Dorough family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorough research. Another 396 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1406, 1462, 1471, 1477, 1301, 1482, 1505, 1522, 1525, 1545, 1550, 1574, 1608, 1620, 1629, 1632, 1684, 1500, 1784 and are included under the topic Early Dorough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dorough Spelling Variations

When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Dorough has been written Darroch, Darrow, Darrach, Daroch, Darach, Darragh, Darrogh, Darrioch, Darraugh, Darrough and many more.

Early Notables of the Dorough family (pre 1700)

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dorough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Dorough family to Ireland

Some of the Dorough family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Dorough family

The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Dorough: Anne Darrow, who arrived in Virginia in 1652; Jane Darrow, who came to Barbados in 1660; Sgt. George Darrow (b. circa 1652 in Scotland), who was on record in New London, Connecticut, in 1675.

Contemporary Notables of the name Dorough (post 1700) +

  • Robert "Bob" Dorough (1923-2018), American bebop and cool jazz vocalist, pianist, composer and songwriter, best known as the composer of songs from Schoolhouse Rock!
  • Howard Dwaine "Howie D." Dorough (b. 1973), American singer-songwriter, dancer, musician, entertainer, actor, best known as a member of American music group Backstreet Boys

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3) on Facebook