Early Origins of the Dorword family
The surname Dorword 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 Dorword family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorword research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1465 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Dorword History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dorword Spelling Variations
Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. In various documents Dorword has been spelled Dorward, Dorward, Durwood, Dorwood, Dyrwood, Dyrward, Dirward and many more.
Early Notables of the Dorword family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dorword family to the New World and Oceana
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence
. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan
societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Dorword, or a variant listed above: Tho Dorwood, who came to Virginia in 1657.