Orris History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Dalriada, in ancient 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

The surname Orris 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.

Important Dates for the Orris family

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

Orris Spelling Variations

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with 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.
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.

Orris migration to the United States

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
  • George Orris, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1646 [1]
Orris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert W Orris, who arrived in New York in 1835 [1]
  • Denis Orris, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
Orris Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Henry Orris, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • George Orris, aged 19, who immigrated to America, in 1919
  • G. Orris, who landed in America, in 1920
  • George Orris, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1921
  • Letterio Orris, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name Orris (post 1700)

  • Walter L. Orris, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 40th District, 1954 [2]
  • Elmer Orris, American politician, Delegate to Iowa convention to ratify 21st amendment from Madison County, 1933 [2]
  • Robert Orris Blake (1921-2015), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Mali from 1970 to 1973
  • Orris Sanford Ferry (1823-1875), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 12th District, 1855-56; U.S. Representative from Connecticut 4th District, 1859-61 [3]
  • Orris Sanford Ferry (1823-1875), American lawyer and politician, from Connecticut who served in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate
  • Orris L. Head (b. 1877), American politician, Mayor of Madison, Indiana, 1943-44 [4]
  • Orris U. Kellogg, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cortland County, 1878; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1904 [5]
  • Orris Nordhaugen, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 1944 [6]
  • Orris Hart, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oswego County, 1827-28 [7]

Citations

  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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