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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.

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dort research. Another 245 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Dort History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Dort Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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

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  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Dort Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dort Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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