Dormer Family History

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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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Dormer Family Origin

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Dormer Family Occupations

What did your Dormer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Dormer family was Butcher. The most common Dormer occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Dormer's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Annuitant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dormer.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Annuitant

  • Butcher


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

Dormer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 34,000 census records available for the last name Dormer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dormer 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Dormer. 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 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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Dormer Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dormer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dormer 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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