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Dorrance Name Meaning

Scottish (Ayrshire and Kircudbrightshire): variant of Irish Doran with excrescent -s.

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

Similar surnames: Durrance, Torrance, Lorance, Durrence, Lowrance, Doran, Gorringe

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Where is the Dorrance family from?

You can see how Dorrance families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dorrance family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dorrance families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 7 Dorrance families living in Staffordshire. This was about 47% of all the recorded Dorrance's in United Kingdom. Staffordshire had the highest population of Dorrance families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dorrance surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dorrance ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Elementary Teacher and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Dorrance. 100% of Dorrance men worked as an Elementary Teacher and 100% of Dorrance women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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

  • Elementary Teacher

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Dorrance. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dorrance census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Dorrance. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Dorrance. For the veterans among your Dorrance ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dorrance lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Dorrance life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Dorrance in 1951 was 43, and 81 in 2004.

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