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Dormer Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): nickname for a lazy man or a sleepyhead, from Old French dormeor ‘sleeper’, ‘sluggard’ (Latin dormitor, from dormire to sleep). English: most probably a habitational name, as medieval forms with de are found, but if so the place of origin has not been identified. Irish: when not of the same origin as 1 or 2, this is a reduced Anglicized form of the Donegal name Ó Díorma, a reduced form of Ó Duibhdhíormaigh ‘descendant of Duibhdhíormach’, a personal name composed of Gaelic dubh ‘black’ + díormach ‘trooper’.

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

Similar surnames: Dorsey, Dermer, Norder, Woomer, Horner, Colmer, Osmer, Dimmer, Doster

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Where is the Dormer family from?

You can see how Dormer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dormer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dormer families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Dormer families living in Indiana. This was about 50% of all the recorded Dormer's in the USA. Indiana had the highest population of Dormer families in 1840.
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What did your Dormer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dormer. 21% of Dormer men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Dormer women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dormer were Clerk and Secretary.

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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

  • Maid
  • Seamstress
  • Operator
  • Secretary
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Dormer. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Dormer. For the veterans among your Dormer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dormer lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Dormer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Dormer in 1955 was 53, and 72 in 2004.

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