Show ContentsDorton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dorton family

The surname Dorton was first found in Silesia, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

Early History of the Dorton family

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Dorton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dorst, Dorste, Duerst, Duerste, Durste, Derst, Dorsts and many more.

Early Notables of the Dorton family (pre 1700)

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Dorton Ranking

In the United States, the name Dorton is the 9,038th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Dorton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dorton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anne Dorton, who arrived in Maryland in 1675-1680 [2]

Australia Dorton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dorton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Dorton, English convict who was convicted in Norfolk, England for life, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 20th August 1830, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dorton (post 1700) +

  • Jean M. Dorton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 2008 [4]
  • Robert Dorton (b. 1951), American professional football player
  • Richard Dorton, American actor, stuntman and coordinator
  • Randy Dorton (1954-2004), American chief engine builder for Hendrick Motorsports
  • William Dorton (b. 1962), English professional footballer

The Dorton Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sperare et Resignare
Motto Translation: Hope and resign

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th February 2021). Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, September 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook