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This famous and well recorded surname, also found in the spellings Dorr, Derr, and Dirr, as well as diminutives and patronymics, is the German equivalent to the English 'Dear' and both share the same origins. 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 Angles and the Saxon's of the pre 7th century a.d. and these include 'Doerrling', the English surname 'Darling'.

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