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Dore Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either of two places, one in South Yorkshire (formerly in Derbyshire) and the other near Hereford. The former gets its name from Old English dor ‘door’, used of a pass between hills; the latter from a Celtic river name of the same origin as Dover 1. In some cases, the name may be topographic, from Middle English dore ‘gate’. Irish: in County Limerick a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Doghair ‘descendant of Doghar’, a byname meaning ‘sadness’; alternatively, according to MacLysaght, it could be from De Hóir, a name of Norman origin. Outside Limerick it may be from French Doré (see below). French (Doré): nickname from Old French doré ‘golden’, past participle of dorer ‘to gild’ (Late Latin deaurare, from aurum ‘gold’), denoting either a goldsmith or someone with bright golden hair. Hungarian (Dore): nickname from dore ‘stupid’, ‘useless’ ‘mad’.

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

Similar surnames: Dole, Doe, More, Dorey, Dove, Gore, Dome, Ore, Lore, Dorn

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Dore Family Origin

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Dore Family Occupations

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In 1881, a less common occupation for the Dore family was Grocer. The most common Dore occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Dore's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Carpenter and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dore.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Carpenter

  • Farmer

  • Grocer


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Dore Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 66,000 census records available for the last name Dore. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dore census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Dore. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Dore. For the veterans among your Dore ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dore Life Expectancy

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Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Dore life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Dore in 1950 was 52, and 76 in 2004.

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