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Dorrington Name Meaning

English (Middlesex and Essex): habitational name from any of several places with a similar range of medieval forms including Durrington (Sussex) Dorrington in Woore and Derrington in Ditton Priors (both Shropshire) Durrington (Wiltshire) and Dorrington (Lincolnshire). These placenames all mean ‘farmstead associated with a man called Dēor(a)’ from an Old English personal name Dēora or Dēor + the connective particle -ing- + tūn ‘farmstead settlement’.

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


Similar surnames: Darrington, Norrington, Derrington, Harrington, Barrington

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Where is the Dorrington family from?

You can see how Dorrington families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dorrington family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dorrington families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 235 Dorrington families living in London. This was about 20% of all the recorded Dorrington's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Dorrington families in 1891.
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What did your Dorrington ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Dorrington. 17% of Dorrington men worked as a General Labourer and 73% of Dorrington women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dorrington were Incapacitated and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    17%
  • Bricklayer
    6%
  • Builders Labourer
    6%
  • Incapacitated
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    73%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Dorrington. For the veterans among your Dorrington ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dorrington lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Dorrington life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2000, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Dorrington in 1964 was 62, and 81 in 2004.

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