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Orr Family History

Orr Name Meaning
Northern English, Scottish, and northern Irish: from the Old Norse byname Orri ‘blackcock’ (the male black grouse).Scottish: nickname for someone with a sallow complexion, from Gaelic odhar ‘pale’, ‘dun’.English: topographic name for someone who lived on a shore or ridge, from Old English ora ‘shore’, ‘hill-slope’, ‘flat-topped ridge’, or a habitational name from a place named with this word (see Ore).

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

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44,013 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Orr Families

  • Number of Orr families
     327 - 652
     110 - 326
     1 - 109
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Orr families
     208 - 414
     70 - 207
     1 - 69
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Orr families
     810 - 1,618
     271 - 809
     1 - 270
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Orr Family Origin

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Orr Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Orr

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Orr Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Orr Civil War Service Records

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