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Dorsey Family History

Dorsey Name Meaning
English (of Norman origin): habitational name, with the preposition d(e), from Orsay in Seine-et-Orne, France, recorded in the 13th century as Orceiacum, from the Latin personal name Orcius + the locative suffix -acum.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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171,089 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
35,842 Military Records
6,732 Immigration Records
148,399 Census and Voter Lists
559,116 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Dorsey Families

  • Number of Dorsey families
     453 - 904
     152 - 452
     1 - 151
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Dorsey families
     44 - 85
     15 - 43
     1 - 14
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Dorsey families
     4 - 5
     2 - 3
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Dorsey Family Origin

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Dorsey Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Dorsey

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Dorsey Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Dorsey census records

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Dorsey Civil War Service Records

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