The surname Dorris was first found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor. They held a family seat in D'Oris, in the department of Isere, in the canton of Entraigues a community from which they take their name. The name was connected with an ancient Indo Euopean Swiss race which migrated to the region from Thessalie in the 13th century. The family were well established in the region of the Rhone in south eastern France and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility.
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George Dorris (b. 1930), American dance historian, educator, editor, and writer
Andy Dorris (b. 1951), retired American professional football player
Michael Anthony Dorris (1945-1997), American novelist and scholar, the first Chair of the Native American Studies program at Dartmouth
George Preston Dorris, American founder of The Dorris Motor Car Company in 1906, the company closed in 1926
Harry W. Dorris, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
Catherine Dorris Norrell (1901-1981), American politician, U.S. Representative from Arkansas (1961-1963), the wife of her predecessor William F. Norrell
Catherine Dorris Norrell (1901-1981), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1940; U.S. Representative from Arkansas 6th District, 1961-63 
Dorris Estelle Bowdon (1914-2005), American actress, best known for her role as Rosasharn in The Grapes of Wrath (1940)