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Dorney Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Buckinghamshire, named from Old English dora ‘bee’ (genitive plural dorena) + eg ‘island’, ‘dry ground in marsh’. Irish (Counties Cork and Tipperary): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Doirinne ‘descendant of Doireann’, a female personal name meaning ‘sullen’. Americanized spelling of Hungarian Dörnyei or Dörnyey, habitational names for someone from a place called Dernye in former Körös county.

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


Similar surnames: Torney, Downey, Dolney, Darney, Corney, Horney, Dorsey, Olney, Arney

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Where is the Dorney family from?

You can see how Dorney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dorney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dorney families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Dorney families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 44% of all the recorded Dorney's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Dorney families in 1840.
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What did your Dorney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dorney. 28% of Dorney men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Dorney women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dorney were Salesman and Housekeeper.

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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
    28%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Salesman
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • New Worker
    12%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Dorney lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Dorney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Dorney in 1956 was 39, and 87 in 2004.

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