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The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Dörn family. Dörn is a local name, first used as a surname for someone who lived near a thorn-bush or hedge. The surname Dörn is derived from the German word dorn, which means thorn. Thus, the name was adopted by a person who lived near thorn bushes. The name Dörn also was used by people from Dornach, which is a town located near Munich in Bavaria. There is also a town named Dörnach in Tübingen, Westphalia and a city named Thorn (which is now Torun) in Poland. In Bavaria, the Dörn family lived on a feudal estate. Land proprietorship and management were the sole source of wealth and power in the Middle Ages and the Dörn family, as noble landowners, became prestigious members of the landed aristocracy.

Dörn Early Origins



The surname Dörn was first found in Bavaria, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

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Dörn Spelling Variations


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Dörn Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Dörn include Dorn, Dorner, Doorn, Doern, Dorne, Dorns and others.

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Dörn Early History


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Dörn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dörn research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1738, 1530, 1584, 1809 and 1884 are included under the topic Early Dörn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dörn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dörn Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dörn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Dörns to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Dörn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Wm. Dorn, age 22, arrived in St. Christopher in 1635
  • William Dorn, aged 22, landed in St Christopher in 1635

Dörn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Lazarus Dorn, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710
  • Caspar Dorn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Anna Maria Dorn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Daniel Dorn settled in New Jersey in 1763
  • Daniel Dorn, who landed in New Jersey in 1763
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dörn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Dorn, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • Wendal Dorn, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839
  • Nicholas Dorn, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Godfrey Dorn settled in Philadelphia in 1842
  • Thomas Dorn, who landed in America in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dörn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • August Dorn, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906

Dörn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. William Dougal U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dörn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dörn (post 1700)



  • Joel Dorn (1942-2007), American two-time Grammy Award winning jazz and R&B music producer and record label entrepreneur
  • William Jennings Bryan Dorn (1916-2005), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina (1951-1974), Chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee (1973-1975)
  • Edward J. Dorn (1854-1937), American captain in the United States Navy, Governor of Guam (1907-1910)
  • Michael Dorn (b. 1952), American actor, best known for his role as the Klingon Worf in the Star Trek franchise
  • Edward "Ed" Dorn (1929-1999), American poet, known for his most famous work Gunslinger
  • Brigadier-General Frank Dorn (1901-1981), American Attached to the Office of the Secretary of State for Defense (1949-)
  • Rüdiger Dorn (b. 1969), German-style board game designer
  • Friedrich Ernst Dorn (1848-1916), German physicist who discovered radon
  • Adriana de Lourdes Dorn Rodríguez (b. 1986), Nicaraguan beauty pageant titleholder, Miss Nicaragua 2011
  • Dieter Dorn (b. 1935), influential director of the Munich city theater, as well as the Salzburg drama festivals

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  2. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  3. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. 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. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  6. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  10. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  11. ...

The Dörn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dörn 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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