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Dore Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English dore dorre (Old English dora) ‘bee hornet buzzing insect’. English: habitational name from either Dore in Derbyshire or Abbey Dore in Herefordshire; see Dorr . In some cases the name may be topographic for someone who lived ‘(at the) gate(way) or door(way)’ Middle English dor(e) (Old English dor). Irish: in County Limerick a shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Doghair ‘descendant of Doghar’ a byname meaning ‘sadness’; alternatively according to MacLysaght it could be from De Hóir a name of Norman origin. Outside Limerick it may be from French Doré (see below). French (Doré): nickname from Old French doré ‘golden’ (past participle of dorer ‘to gild’ from Late Latin deaurare from aurum ‘gold’) a nickname for someone with golden blond hair or a metonymic occupational name for a goldsmith or gilder (someone skilled in decorating surfaces with a very thin layer of gold). Compare Dorais . Hungarian (Dőre): unflattering nickname from dőre ‘stupid useless mad’.

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


Similar surnames: Dole, Doe, More, Dorey, Dove, Gore, Dome, Ore, Lore, Dorn

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Where is the Dore family from?

You can see how Dore families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dore family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dore families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 339 Dore families living in Hampshire. This was about 20% of all the recorded Dore's in United Kingdom. Hampshire had the highest population of Dore families in 1891.
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What did your Dore 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 Dore. 8% of Dore men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Dore women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dore were Builders Labourer 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
    8%
  • Carpenter
    7%
  • Bricklayer
    7%
  • Builders Labourer
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    68%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Private Means
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Dore. For the veterans among your Dore ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dore lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Dore life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Dore in 1950 was 52, and 76 in 2004.

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