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The Family name ORR

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The Family name ORR

Peter H.Orr (View posts)
Posted: 29 Feb 2000 11:10PM GMT
To all researchers:-

The ultimate origin of this name is believed to be topographic from the olde english pre 7th century "ORA" meaning a shore or slope. Several places in england are named with this element including Oare in Berkshire, Wiltshire Kent etc., and in Ore in Sussex. *The first recording of the surname in England is at the beginning of the 13th Century, (see below)*.

The surname is widely recorded in Renfrewshire, Scotland from the end of the 13th Century. One, HEW ORR rendered homage in 1296. The occurrence of the name in Ireland is comparitively modern ie mid 17th century.

On September 16th 1661 the christening of ARTHUR, son of THOMAS and SAINE ORR, is recorded at St. Michan's, Dublin. However, the majority of the namebearers reside in the Ulster counties of Antrim, Down, Armargh and Tyrone.

Family names as hereditary surnames did not come into general use until after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Normans introduced National Taxation to england which they called the Poll Tax(Poll=Head), in consequence the need for surnames for identification purposes.

The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of ALEXANDER ECTOR ORR (1831-1914), born Strabane, co. Tyrone who was the pioneer of the subways in New York City.

*Which was dtaes AGNES de (of) ORE *.

During the regin of 1210 - The Pipe Rolls of Wiltshire. Scotland, Ireland and Wales obtained formal records later than england, and this is reflected in the recordings. All surnames of every Countyh have been subject to changes owing to dialect.

If you have any comments or wish to know anymore about the family name, ie motto or crest(s) then do not hesitate to get in touch.


Peter H. Orr
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Peter H.Orr 1 Mar 2000 6:10AM GMT 
cherylcurole 1 Mar 2000 2:26PM GMT 
Harriette Orr Rost 2 Mar 2000 9:52PM GMT 
Barbara (Bobbie) Orr 16 Apr 2000 3:35PM GMT 
Virginia Verrier 6 Mar 2000 4:27AM GMT 
Peter Havelock Orr 8 Mar 2000 6:37AM GMT 
Virginia Verrier 8 Mar 2000 6:52AM GMT 
Peter Havelock Orr 8 Mar 2000 7:02AM GMT 
RoyOrr1225 8 Mar 2010 3:05AM GMT 
Virginia Verrier 8 Mar 2000 6:59AM GMT 
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