Dort History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Dort came to England with the ancestors of the Dort family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dort family lived in Devon, near the river Dart, from which the surname derives.

Early Origins of the Dort family

The surname Dort was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very early times.

Important Dates for the Dort family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dort research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Dort History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dort Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Dart, Darte, Darth and others.

Early Notables of the Dort family (pre 1700)

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Dort migration to the United States

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Dort or a variant listed above:

Dort Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Chapman Dort, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dort (post 1700)

  • Wakefield Dort, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Keene 3rd Ward; Elected 1938 [2]
  • Titus Dort (1806-1879), American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives, 1839, 1842, 1865-66 (Wayne County 1839, 1842, Wayne County 3rd District 1865-66); Member of Michigan State Senate 1st District, 1849-52
  • Ernest W. Dort, American Republican politician, Postmaster at San Diego, California, 1921-34 [2]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, September 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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