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Doering History

According to the House of Names (a commercial website), the history of the Doering name originated in Germany.[1] They consider the name is of local origin, probably from the Thuringia region (located between Hessen and Lower Saxony in the west and Saxony in the east). At least one branch of the Döring family migrated east to another German state under Prussian rule (eventually to Posen according to a published reference[2]).

The Learning Center at also surmises that the Doering name is an ethnic name for someone from Thuringia (German Thüringen). The region is named from its former occupation by the T(h)uringii, a Germanic tribe. The meaning is from a personal name based on cognate of the German turren, or ‘to dare’.[3]

The Coat of Arms Store (a commercial site) identifies that the German surname of DOERING was of the locational group of surnames meaning 'one who came from THURINGIA' in Germany. The region is named from its former occupation by the Germanic tribe of the THURINGII, displayed in the 6th century AD. This tribal name has been tentatively connected with the element TUR (to dare) and OORA. The surname is especially common in Silesia, Saxony and Bohemia, as a result of the German expansion eastwards during the early Middle Ages.[4]

Based on this information, it can be reasonably surmised that the Doering surname is originally derived from a Germanic placename.[5]

Matthias Döring, 15th century catholic author and monk, was born between 1390 and 1400, at Kyritz, in Brandenburg. He was an historian and theologian, joined the Friars Minor in his native place, studied at Oxford, and graduated at Erfurt as doctor of theology in 1424. He died at Kyritz on 24 July 1469.[6]

One contemporary individual documents his Doering ancestry from Misserode, Saxony, Germany.[7] Offpring of the European Doerings went to South Australia[8] [9] and Wisconsin.[10] A large Doering family is shown sailing from Bremmen to New York on the Brig Emilie Helene manifest in 1835.[11]

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References & Footnotes

  1. House of Names, Doering Family Crest and Name History, accessed 2009-03-06 by User:BobC.
  2. Doering Family Association, 1980. Daring Pioneers: A History of the Döring-Doeing Family 1844-1983, Adelaide, South Australia
  3. Learning Center, The Doering Surname,, accessed 2009-03-06 by User:BobC.
  4. Coat of Arms Store, Doering Coat of Arms.; accessed 2009-03-06 by User:BobC (MySource:BobC/Doering Coat of Arms).
  5. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries. A notable member of the name was Karl Eugen DUHRING (1833-1921) the German philosopher and political economist, born in Berlin. He became quite blind before he was 30. As a philosopher he was positivist and anti-Hegelian; as an economist he was influenced by Henry Charles Gray. The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. Because of the close relationship between the English and German languages, some Germans are able to transform their names to the English form just by dropping a single letter. Many Germans have re-spelt their names in America. After the start of the first World War, Germans in great numbers Anglicized their names in an effort to remove all doubt as to their patriotism. Afterwards some changed back, and then during World War II the problem became acute once more, and the changing started all over again, although not with as much intensity. Many immigrants from Germany settled in Pennsylvania.
  6. New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia; accessed 2010-02-05 by BobC.
  7. Tony Popp, 13 June 2007., Doerings from Ruestungen and Misserode, Eichsfeld, Germany; accessed 2009-03-06 by User:BobC.
  8. Source:Daring pioneers
  9. Database of Australian Records.; accessed 2009-03-06 by User:BobC
  10. Source:Doering, Harry. History of the William Doering Family
  11. Stuebing, Peter D. 1988. Passengers of the Brig Emile Helene,; accessed 2009-03-06 by User:BobC.