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Dorrance History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Dorrance family


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."

Early History of the Dorrance family


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Dorrance Spelling Variations


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

Early Notables of the Dorrance family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Dorrance family to Ireland


Some of the Dorrance family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Dorrance family to the New World and Oceana


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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Dorrance (post 1700)


  • 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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