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Dorn Name Meaning

German: topographic name for someone who lived by a thorn bush or thorn hedge from Middle High German dorn ‘thorn’ or a habitational name from any of numerous places called with this word. It is also found in Poland and Czechia. Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Dorn ‘thorn’. English: habitational name from Dorn in Blockley Worcestershire which is possibly derived from British duro- ‘fort stronghold’. English: variant of Thorn a topographic name for someone who lived by a thorn bush or hedge (Old English Old Norse thorn) or alternatively a habitational name from a place named with Old English Old Norse thorn ‘thorn bush’ for example Thorne in Kent Somerset and South Yorkshire.

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


Similar surnames: Horn, Korn, Born, Dohrn, Dore, Zorn, Doron, Dorf, Doorn, Don

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Where is the Dorn family from?

You can see how Dorn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dorn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dorn families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 26 Dorn families living in New York. This was about 49% of all the recorded Dorn's in USA. New York had the highest population of Dorn families in 1840.
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What did your Dorn ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Dorn. 16% of Dorn men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Dorn women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dorn were Truck Driver and Waitress. .

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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

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Waitress
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Dorn. 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 21,000 military records available for the last name Dorn. For the veterans among your Dorn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dorn lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Dorn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Dorn in 1946 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

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