Early Origins of the Dorwerd family
The surname Dorwerd was first found in the Valley of the River Dee, where they held a family seat
in their territories. The Pictish influence on Scottish history diminished after Kenneth Macalpine became King of all Scotland
. But those east coast families still played an important role in government and were more accessible to Government than their western highland counterparts. The family name became associated with the de Lundins. Whether the name was an office to which Alan Durward, son of de Lundin, succeeded in 1204, or whether it was a Norman noble, Reiner Dureward from Norfolk
who moved north at this time conjectural. However, Alan married an natural born daughter of King Alexander of Scotland
and eventually became Regent and justicair of Scotland. He was immortalized by Walter Scott. On his death his lands were divided between three daughters. Later several lines descended in Scotland
but the name continued to flourish to the south in Essex
where Geofry Durward was recorded in the Hundredorum Rolls
Early History of the Dorwerd family
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Dorwerd Spelling Variations
are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. Dorwerd has been spelled Dorward, Dorward, Durwood, Dorwood, Dyrwood, Dyrward, Dirward and many more.
Early Notables of the Dorwerd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dorwerd family to the New World and Oceana
Settlers from Scotland
put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence
. As Clan
societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Dorwerd were among those contributors: Tho Dorwood, who came to Virginia in 1657.