The rugged west coast of Scotland
in the kingdom of Dalriada is the setting from which came the Orre name. The name derives from someone having lived on a bank, or on the edge of a hill. The Orre 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. Orre 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 Orre family
The surname Orre 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 Orre family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orre research.Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1503 are included under the topic Early Orre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Orre Spelling Variations
In various documents Orre has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. Orr, Ore, Orre and others.
Early Notables of the Orre family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Orre family to Ireland
Some of the Orre family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Orre family to the New World and Oceana
Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence
, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan
societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Orres to arrive in North America: Alexander Orr who arrived in New York state in 1803; Arthur, Charles, George, Hannah, James, John, Martha, Mary, Patrick, Robert, Samuel, Thomas and William all arrived in Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860..
The Orre 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.