Orys is a Dalriadan-Scottish name, no doubt originally for a person who lived on a bank, or on the edge of a hill. The Orys 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. Orys 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 Orys family
The surname Orys 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 Orys family
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Orys Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Orys has appeared in various documents spelled Orr, Ore, Orre and others.
Early Notables of the Orys family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Orys family to Ireland
Some of the Orys 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 Orys family to the New World and Oceana
Many who arrived from Scotland
settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many settlers who remained loyal to England
went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Orys family emigrate to 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 Orys 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.