Dorney Family History

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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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Dorney Family Origin

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Dorney Family Occupations

What did your Dorney ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Laundress, Coal Miner and Board School Assistant Master were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dorney. The most common Dorney occupation in the UK was Laundress. 9% of Dorney's were Laundresss. A less common occupation for the Dorney family was Bricklayers Labourer.

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  • Laundress

  • Coal Miner

  • Board School Assistant Master

  • Bricklayers Labourer


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

Dorney Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Dorney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dorney 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 Dorney. 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 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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Dorney Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dorney

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dorney 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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