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Dorward comes from the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It was a name for a person who worked as a door attendant. The name is also a nickname type of surname derived from the Old English word deore, which means "beloved", and "man"

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The surname Dorward was first found in Fife, the name Dorman is derived from the word door-ward. This official hereditary position involved being the door attendant to the King of Scotland. The office of door-ward to the king was a very honorable one and was passed on in the powerful family of de Lundin Fife. The first who took his name from this office was Thomas de Lundyn in 1204. His son, Alan Durward, was one of the greatest names in Scottish history in the thirteenth century.

Historical recordings of the name Dorward include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include Dorman, Dorward, Doorman, Durward and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorward research. Another 425 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1228, 1452, 1478, 1511, and 1636 are included under the topic Early Dorward History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dorward Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Dorward family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Dorward family emigrate to North America:

Dorward Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Wm. Dorward, aged 30, who emigrated to America from Dundee, in 1905
  • Charles dorward, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Dundee, in 1907
  • Frank T. Dorward, aged 32, who landed in America from Arbroath, Scotland, in 1909
  • Helen Dorward, aged 37, who landed in America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1910
  • Crawford Dorward, aged 42, who settled in America from Letharn, Scotland, in 1910
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  • Arthur Dorward (1925-2015), Scottish international rugby union player, brother of Tom or Tommy Dorward
  • Thomas "Tommy" Fairgrieve Dorward (1916-1941), Scottish international rugby union player
  • Major-General Sir Arthur Robert Ford Dorward KCB DSO (1848-1934), British Army officer who commanded the Troops in the Straits Settlements
  • Nigel Dorward (b. 1966), Zimbabwean cricketer
  • David C. Dorward (b. 1952), Canadian politician in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
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    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Dorward Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dorward 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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