Dormer Family History
Dormer Name Meaning
English (of Norman origin): nickname for a lazy man or a sleepyhead from Old French dormeur ‘sleeper sluggard’ (from Latin dormitor from dormire ‘to sleep’). Irish (Kilkenny): when not of the same origin as 1 above this is a shortened Anglicized form of the Donegal name Ó Díorma a shortened form of Ó Duibhdhíormaigh ‘descendant of Duibhdhíormach’ a personal name composed of Gaelic dubh ‘black’ + díormach ‘trooper’. German (Dörmer): occupational name for a watchman on a tower (of a castle or town) from an agent derivative of Middle Low German torn or Middle High German turn ‘tower’. Compare Dermer and Dorner .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press