Origin of the Name Doran
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Doran
include Dorran, Dorrian, Dorian and Doren. These names are derived from the Gaelic O'Deorain sept that were on of the 'Seven Septs of Leix', the others being O'Devoy, McEvoy, O'Dowling, O'Kelly, O'Lalor and O'Moore.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
The O'Dorans have been justly described as 'the great Brehon family of Leinster ' and were thus concerned with legal matters. Despite several leading members of the sept being transplanted to County Kerry in 1609 they are still found in considerable numbers in Leinster Province. The original Gaelic form of the name was O'Deoradhain, taken from words that translate as 'exiled person'.
The Doran coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Doran descendants.