Origins Available: English
Dors is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Dors family lived in Herefordshire
. The family settled in Dore in that county, and it is from this location that their surname derives.
Early Origins of the Dors family
The surname Dors 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"This parish derives its name from its situation on the river Dore, and from an abbey of White or Cistercian monks, founded here in the reign of Stephen, by Robert, son of Harold, Lord of Ewyas, and dedicated to the Virgin Mary and St. Edmund." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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.
Early History of the Dors family
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Dors Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Dors include Dore, Dorey, Dory, Dorie, Doar, Doare, Doore, Doorey, Doorie and many more.
Early Notables of the Dors family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dors family to Ireland
Some of the Dors family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Dors family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dors Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Jesse Dors, who arrived in Canada in 1828
Contemporary Notables of the name Dors (post 1700)
- Diana Dors (1931-1984), born Diana Mary Fluck, an English actress, known as a ‘blonde bombshell’ of the Monroe style who claimed to have left a large fortune to her son in her will, via a secret code entrusted to her third husband who committed suicide-the code and fortune were never found
- Lucien Dors (b. 1984), Dutch footballer