Dorning Family History

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Dorning Name Meaning

English (mainly Lancashire and Cheshire): unexplained. Probably an altered form of German Dornig, which is probably a nickname for someone with a sharp tongue, from an adjectival derivative of Middle High German, Middle Low German dorn ‘thorn’. The suffixes -ig and -ing were often interchanged in Pennsylvania German and elsewhere. The name may also refer to a sloe bush.

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

Similar surnames: Horning, Darling, Doffing, Durning, Arning, Hirning, Dring, Moring

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Dorning Family Origin

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Dorning Family Occupations

What did your Dorning ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Dorning family was Accountant. The most common Dorning occupation in the UK was Annuitant. 4% of Dorning's were Annuitants. Annuitant, Cabinet Maker and General Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dorning.

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  • Annuitant

  • Cabinet Maker

  • General Laborer

  • Accountant


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

Dorning Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Dorning. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dorning 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 717 immigration records available for the last name Dorning. 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 594 military records available for the last name Dorning. For the veterans among your Dorning ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dorning Life Expectancy

What is the average Dorning lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Dorning life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1973, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Dorning in 1949 was 60, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dorning 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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