Dors History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The historical and enchanting region of Austria is the ancient homeland of the distinguished Dors family. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 BC. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.

Early Origins of the Dors family

The surname Dors was first found in Austria, where the name could be considered to have made a major contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses in Austria and Germany which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group supremacy in a changing territorial profile.

Important Dates for the Dors family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dors research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1446 is included under the topic Early Dors History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dors Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Dors include Dorr, Doerr, Dor, Doer, Dorrs, Dors, Dorrer, Doerrer, Deorrie and many more.

Early Notables of the Dors family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dors Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dors migration to Canada

After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Dors 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)

  • Lucien Dors (b. 1984), Dutch footballer
  • 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

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