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Dorey Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English dorre dori ‘golden’ (Old French doré) probably denoting someone with golden blond hair. As a noun this word was used for the fish now known as the John Dorey also for golden-colored brocade and a yellow sauce or glaze. Any of these senses could have contributed to the surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Dore, Morey, Dormer, Dorsey, Dorney, Dory, Dorer, Corey, Corby, Doyen

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Where is the Dorey family from?

You can see how Dorey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dorey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dorey families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 5 Dorey families living in New York. This was about 31% of all the recorded Dorey's in USA. New York had the highest population of Dorey families in 1840.
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What did your Dorey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Dorey. 21% of Dorey men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Dorey women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dorey were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Dorey. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Dorey. For the veterans among your Dorey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dorey lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Dorey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Dorey in 1953 was 63, and 82 in 2004.

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