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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.

Orris Early Origins



The surname Orris was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), 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.

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Orris Spelling Variations


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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.

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Orris Early History


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Orris Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orris research. Another 133 words (10 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.

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Orris Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Orris Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Orris In Ireland


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Orris In Ireland



Some of the Orris 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North Ameri ca. 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

Orris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert W Orris, who arrived in New York in 1835
  • Denis Orris, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894

Orris Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry Orris, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • George Orris, aged 19, who emigrated 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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Orris (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Orris (post 1700)



  • Walter L. Orris, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 40th District, 1954
  • Elmer Orris, American politician, Delegate to Iowa convention to ratify 21st amendment from Madison County, 1933

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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    7. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    8. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    9. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Orris Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Orris Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 30 December 2015 at 22:04.

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