Dorman Family History

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Dorman Name Meaning

English: from the Old English personal name Deormann, composed of Old English deor (see Dear) + mann ‘man’. This surname became established in Ireland in the 17th century; sometimes it is found as a variant of Dornan. German (Dormann): occupational name for a doorkeeper or gatekeeper or topographic name for someone who lived by the gate of a town or city. Compare Dorer, Dorwart. Hungarian (Dormán): from the old secular personal name Dormán. Jewish (Ashkenazic): unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Gorman, Orman, Forman, Derman, Norman, German, Dolman, Doman, Korman

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Dorman Family Origin

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Dorman Family Occupations

What did your Dorman ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Bricklayer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Dorman ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Dorman Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 78,000 census records available for the last name Dorman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dorman 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Dorman. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Dorman. For the veterans among your Dorman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dorman Life Expectancy

What is the average Dorman lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Dorman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Dorman in 1946 was 42, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dorman ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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