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The surname Dorrance was first found in Stirlingshire. The name is a habitation name from either East Kilbride or north of Glasgow where it is derived from the Gaelic word "torran" which means "hillock" or "mound."

Spelling variations of this family name include: Torrance, Torrens, Torrence and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorrance research. Another 212 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1563 is included under the topic Early Dorrance History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Some of the Dorrance family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 327 words (23 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Torrence arrived in Philadelphia in 1828; followed by James in 1868; Adam Torrens settled in Philadelphia in 1828; Aaron in 1823; Alexander in 1848.

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  • John Thompson Dorrance (1873-1930), American chemist and president of the Campbell Soup Company from 1914 to 1930
  • Arthur Calbraith Dorrance (1893-1946), American president of the Campbell Soup Company from 1930 to 1946
  • Anson Dorrance (b. 1951), American soccer coach recognized by the NCAA as the Women's Soccer Coach of the Year seven times
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    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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    5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. 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).
    10. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
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    The Dorrance Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dorrance 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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