personal name imported by Norse settlers.
Early Origins of the O'Rorke family
Leitrim (Irish: Liatroim) anciently the western half of the kingdom of Breifne, located in Northeastern Ireland, in Leinster province.
Early History of the O'Rorke family
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O'Rorke Spelling Variations
spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name O'Rorke were encountered in the archives: O'Rourke, O'Rorke, O'Rork, O'Rourk, O'Roark, Rourke, Rorke, Rourk, Roarke and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Rorke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Rorke family to the New World and Oceana
Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name O'Rorke:
O'Rorke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
O'Rorke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
O'Rorke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
O'Rorke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name O'Rorke (post 1700)
Historic Events for the O'Rorke family
The O'Rorke 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: Serviendo guberno
Motto Translation: I govern by serving.
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