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  • Alice Riordan (Doran) (c.1835 - d.)
    Alice Doran Riordanborn: circa 1835, of Fathom, County Armagh, Irelandbaptism: Feb 1, 1836, Killeavy Upper, Armagh, Ireland, Diocese: Armaghfather: Hugh Doran, b. circa 1800, Irelandmother: Mary Magini...
  • Margaret J. Mcnamee (Doran) (1848 - 1872)
    Margaret Jane Doran McNameeborn July 28, 1848, Attleboro, Massachusettsdied: January 30, 1872, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island, age 24 yrs; bur. Attleboro, Mass.father: Francis Doran (1824 - 18...
  • James Curran Doran (1849 - 1914)
    James Curran DoranBirth: September 8, 1849, North Attleboro, Bristol, Massachusetts Death: June 19, 1914, Providence, Rhode IslandFather: Francis Doran b. 1821, Ireland - d. June 11, 1888 Attleboro, Ma...
  • Frank Doran, Jr. (c.1853 - 1911)
    Frank Doran Frank Doran Jr. was born about 1853 in North Attleboro, to Francis Doran and Catherine Curran. Like his father, he was a jeweler, and the 1870 census lists him as a jewelry worker at 17. He...
  • Hugh Doran (deceased)
    Hugh Doran Marriage: March 1, 1835, Killeavy Upper, Armagh, Ireland Spouse: Mary Maginnis Sources:Hugh Doran in the Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1655-1915, Ancestry.comSource CitationCatholic Pa...

Doran is an Irish surname that derives from Ua Deoráin (Ó Deorain), a shortened version of Ua Deoradháin (Ó Deoradhain). "Deoradh" is a Gaelic word that means "exile", "wanderer" or "stranger".

The O'Doran family are known as the chief Brehon (law-makers) of Leinster. They are said to be one of the Seven Septs of Loígis, an off-shoot of the Red Branch who travelled South to defeat a Munster invasion of western Leinster. In thanks they were given the lands that would become Loígis, which is now part of County Laois, which gets its name from the old kingdom. The sept was said to have been led by the O'Moore (O'More/O'Modha) and also included O'Lalor, O'Dowling, O'Devoy (O'Deevy), O'Kelly and McEvoy.

The Dorans eventually gave up their lands in County Laoix and were moved to County Kerry. Today the majority of Irish Dorans are now found in County Wexford.


The project aims to bring together all the Doran family members, including those with variations of the surname like Dorran, Dorrian, Duran (where it can be shown to be a variation of Doran coming from the Irish immigration to Puerto Rico), etc.

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There are a number of DNA projects at FTNDA that Comerfords could join:

Notable Dorans

See Wikipedia