Gaelic is at the heart of all the Irish surnames that can be found throughout the world today. The original Gaelic form of the name Dorrien is O Deoradhain, which was later shortened to O Deorain. Both names are probably derived from the word deoradh, referring to an exile.
Early Origins of the Dorrien family
The surname Dorrien was first found in Leix
(Irish: Laois) formerly known as Queen's County, located in central Ireland
, in Leinster
Province, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Dorrien family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorrien research.Another 324 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1523, 1540, 1807, 1814, 1835, 1878, and 1885 are included under the topic Early Dorrien History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dorrien Spelling Variations
Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname Dorrien that are preserved in documents of the family history are Doran, Dorran, O'Doran, O'Deorain, Dorain, Doron and others.
Early Notables of the Dorrien family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family name at this time was Maurice Doran, Bishop of Leighlin who was murdered by his archdeacon in 1523; Charles Guilfoyle Doran (1835-1909), Irish... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dorrien Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dorrien family to the New World and Oceana
The English-ruled Ireland
of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name Dorrien: Bernard, Bridget, Daniel, Francis, Hugh, James, John, Martin, Mary, Michael, Patrick, Robert, Thomas, and William Doran, arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865..
Contemporary Notables of the name Dorrien (post 1700)
- Gary Dorrien, American social ethicist and theologian, professor at Union Theological Seminary as the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics and at Columbia University since 2005
- Carlos Dorrien (b. 1948), American sculptor of Mexican descent
- Magens Dorrien Magens (1768-1849), English banker, Member of Parliament and author, born Magens Dorrien he added "Magens" as a suffix by special licence on 16 December 1788, after his marriage