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Origin and popularity of the name DORWARD


Dorward : 1: English and Scottish (Angus and Fife): occupational name from Older Scots Middle English dor(e)ward ‘doorkeeper porter’ (Old English duru-weard). In medieval Scotland the office of the king's doorward Hostiarius regis was hereditary and of considerable honor. The specific surname still common around Arbroath is probably from the office of doorward of the Abbey. The 13th-century royal ushers or doorwards of Scotland were based at Lundie in Angus.2: Americanized form of German Dorwart.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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