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Dorn Name Meaning

German: topographic name for someone who lived by a thorn bush or thorn hedge, from Middle High German dorn ‘thorn’, or a habitational name from any of numerous places named with this word. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Dorn ‘thorn’. Czech: see Dornak.

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

Similar surnames: Horn, Korn, Born, Dohrn, Dore, Zorn, Doron, Dorf, Doorn, Don

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Where is the Dorn family from?

You can see how Dorn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dorn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dorn families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 9 Dorn families living in Quebec. This was about 32% of all the recorded Dorn's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Dorn families in 1911.
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What did your Dorn ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Dorn. 50% of Dorn 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

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 50,000 census records available for the last name Dorn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dorn 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Dorn. 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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Draft Cards

There are 21,000 military records available for the last name Dorn. For the veterans among your Dorn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dorn lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Dorn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Dorn in 1946 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

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