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The name Dorr was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dorr family lived in Herefordshire. The family settled in Dore in that county, and it is from this location that their surname derives.

Dorr Early Origins



The surname Dorr was first found in Herefordshire at Dore Abbey, a former Cistercian abbey in the village of Abbey Dore in the Golden Valley. The abbey was founded in 1147 by Robert fitzHarold of Ewyas, the Lord of Ewyas Harold, and derives it name from the River Dore, a Celtic river-name meaning "the waters." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Dore is also a village in South Yorkshire which is listed in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle c. 829 when King Egbert of Wessex led his army to the village to receive the submission of King Eanred of Northumbria. Some claim that Egbert became the first king of England at Dore. Today the "Dore Stone," located on the village green commemorates King Egbert's victory.

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Dorr Spelling Variations


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Dorr Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Dorr have been found, including Dore, Dorey, Dory, Dorie, Doar, Doare, Doore, Doorey, Doorie and many more.

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Dorr Early History


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Dorr Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorr research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dorr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dorr Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dorr Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Dorr In Ireland


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Dorr In Ireland



Some of the Dorr family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included 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



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Dorr were among those contributors:

Dorr Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Dorr, who arrived in Virginia in 1661
  • Edward Dorr, who arrived in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1674
  • Edward Dorr, who landed in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1683

Dorr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Michael Dorr, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Johann Henrich Dorr, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Johannes Dorr, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Johan Jost Dorr, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Adam Dorr, who landed in America in 1749
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dorr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Dorr, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Edward Dorr, who arrived in New York in 1824
  • Edward Dorr, who landed in New York in 1824
  • Karl Dorr, who arrived in North America in 1843
  • Philip Dorr arrived in Philadelphia in 1844
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dorr (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dorr (post 1700)



  • Thomas Wilson Dorr (1805-1854), American politician and reformer, leader of the Dorr Rebellion, (1841-1842)
  • Robert F. Dorr (b. 1939), American diplomat and author
  • Richard Everett Dorr (1943-2013), United States federal judge for US District Court for Western Missouri (2002-2013)
  • Ebenezer P. Dorr (1817-1882), American mariner and meteorologist
  • Lester Dorr (1893-1980), American film actor
  • Hans Dorr (1912-1945), German Waffen-SS Obersturmbannführer
  • Gustav Dorr (1887-1928), German World War I fighter pilot, recipient of the Military Merit Cross and Iron Cross
  • Franz Dorr (1913-1972), German World War II fighter ace, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. 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).
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Dorr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dorr 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.

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