Scotland, is where the name Orris evolved. It was a name for someone who lived on a bank, or on the edge of a hill. The Orris 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. Orris 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 Orris family
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 Orris family
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Orris Spelling Variations
spelling variations. Orris has been written as Orr, Ore, Orre and others.
Early Notables of the Orris family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Orris family to Ireland
Some of the Orris family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Orris 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 Orris, or a variant listed above:
Orris Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Orris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Orris Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Orris (post 1700)
The Orris 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.
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