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Recorded in many forms including Doerr, Doerre, Dor, Dore, Dorr, Derr, Dirr, Durr, Doerrer, Dorrer, Dorrbeck, and Dorrbecker, this is a German and sometimes English surname. It has several possible origins. It may be cognate with the English word and surname 'Dear' and share the same origins. If so then this was a personal or baptismal name given literally as a form of endearment in that its precise meaning was 'beloved one' or 'bold one'. Several such name forms have come down from the period of the Anglo-Saxon's of the pre 7th century a.d.

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