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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

Similar surnames: Dorsey, Dermer, Norder, Woomer, Horner, Colmer, Osmer, Dimmer, Doster

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You can see how Dormer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dormer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dormer families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 14 Dormer families living in Ontario. This was about 44% of all the recorded Dormer's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Dormer families in 1911.
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What did your Dormer ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Dormer. 55% of Dormer men worked as a Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Dormer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Dormer. For the veterans among your Dormer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dormer lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Dormer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Dormer in 1955 was 53, and 72 in 2004.

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