Orr Name Meaning

Northern English, Scottish, and northern Irish: from the Old Norse byname Orri ‘blackcock’ (the male black grouse). Scottish: nickname for someone with a sallow complexion, from Gaelic odhar ‘pale’, ‘dun’. English: topographic name for someone who lived on a shore or ridge, from Old English ora ‘shore’, ‘hill-slope’, ‘flat-topped ridge’, or a habitational name from a place named with this word (see Ore).

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


Similar surnames: Ore, Torr, Ord, Hoar, Ort, Mohr, Corn, Rohr, Borr, Ori

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Orr Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Orr name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Orr. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    50%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    22%

  • Germanic Europe

    7%

  • Norway

    3%

  • Sweden

    2%

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Orr Family Origin

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Orr Family Occupations

What did your Orr ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Orr. A less common occupation for the Orr family was Annuitant. The most common Orr occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Orr's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    5%
  • Coal Miner

    4%
  • Labourer

    3%
  • Annuitant

    2%

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

Orr Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 327,000 census records available for the last name Orr. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Orr 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 49,000 immigration records available for the last name Orr. 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 58,000 military records available for the last name Orr. For the veterans among your Orr ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Orr Life Expectancy

What is the average Orr lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Orr life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Orr in 1944 was 32, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Orr 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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