Ore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Ore come from the ancient Scottish tribe known as the Dalriadans. They lived along the rugged west coast of Scotland and on the Hebrides islands and used the name to indicate a person who lived on a bank, or on the edge of a hill. The Ore surname arose independently from different sources. In some instances, it came from the Old English word ora, which means "edge" and was probably a name for someone who lived on a bank, or on the edge of a hill. Ore also came form the Old Norse name Orri, which meant "black rooster." It also emerged from the Gaelic word, odhar, which meant "pale" and would have been a nickname that became a surname.

Early Origins of the Ore family

The surname Ore was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Ore family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ore research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1503 are included under the topic Early Ore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ore Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of Ore have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Orr, Ore, Orre and others.

Early Notables of the Ore family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Ore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Ore family to Ireland

Some of the Ore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 76 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Ore migration to the United States +

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 Ore were among those contributors:

Ore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Ore, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [1]
  • Joane Ore, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [1]
Ore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Ore, aged 19, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Jurigh Ore, aged 51, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Nicholas Ore, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736 [1]
  • Francis Ore, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736 [1]
  • Thomas Ore, who landed in America in 1794 [1]

The Ore 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: Bonis omnia bona
Motto Translation: All things are good to the good.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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