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Orr Name Study

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How to Join

Please contact the project leader Dennis Orr or leave a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

Task List

This is a place to post your Orr family lines to see how we are all connected.

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  • Orr migration from Scotland to Northern Ireland in the 1600's.
  • History of the Orr name and relationship to various clans.
  • DNA in the Orr's.
  • Meaning of the Orr surname, geographical origin of the Orr surname, Orr veterans, famous Orr family members

Please post any questions or other items of interest!

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The Ulster Pedigrees are available in Family Search to assist in tracking down the Orr's who emigrated to The Ulster Plantation.
posted 23 Jun 2017 by Dennis Orr   [thank Dennis]
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I would like to join the Orr group, I was born a Orr, My dads name was John Alan Orr, born here in Kentucky
posted by Bonnie (Orr) Miller
If anyone is looking for the Orr families in/near Ballyblack, Ards, Down, NI, who were early Scots arrivals in the 1600s, there is great information in the Montgomery Manuscripts.


I discovered them while searching for my own Scots-Irish ancestors. The female descendants of James and wife Janet M'Clement of Ballyblack married into the Jamieson, Martin and Piper families which are 3 of my ancestral surnames.

posted by Beth (Brown) Golden

I am interested in joining the Orr name group. My 3rd g-grandfather James Orr emigrated to Saint John, New Brunswick sometime before 1842 when he married Ellen MacDonald in Saint John. Family lore is that he had 2 brothers, one of whom travelled further west into Canada and the other went to the US. We don't know if he came from Ireland or Scotland. Records in Saint John were destroyed in the Great Fire of 1877 so I am at a loss. My dad's DNA is part of the Orr Family Tree DNA project.

posted by Heather Orr
Would like to join the Orr one name study.My mothers maiden name is Orr and I have been told we were origiinally from Renfrewshire,being planted to Co Cavan ,Ireland to further land in Quebec,Canada.Help,I cant find them across the pond(in Ireland,Scotland)
posted by A Roy
A Roy, The Ulster Pedigree has our ancestor, James Orr emigrating to the Ulster Plantation with his wife, janet McClement, in 1608. If you will go on to the Ulster Pedigrees, you can trace your ancestors.

Welcome. Dennis

posted by Dennis Orr
I would like to join the one name study "Orr". I am looking for my Ancestor William (J?) Orr born somewhere around 1750-1760 probably in Northern Ireland. Died 1832 in Kentucky. Sons Samuel, James, William and Allescander.
posted by Robin Orr
edited by Robin Orr
I am a descendant of Thomas Orr of Annandale in Kilmarnock, b.1771 - d.1852, my great grandfather was William who came to NZ on the 'Dunedin' in 1876. My father was Harold Alexander, b.1910 - d. 1977.
posted by Lynda Orr
I would like to join the One Names Study Orrs. I have them coming from Kirkmichael, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, Andrew Orr 15 May 1791 Kilbirnie, Ayr, Scotland, to 3 Apr 1874 Priestsessagh, Ardstraw, Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

Thank You Mike Orr Orr-1706

posted by Mike Orr
Hi - I would like to join the Orr Name Study. As you can see I am an Orr, it’s my maiden name. I can trace my Orr line back to only my 2nd great grandfather, Thomas Orr, grocer in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotland, who died on 29 Dec 1841. I’d love to be able to trace it back further.
posted by Alison Orr
Hello Dennis,

I would like to join your Orr Name Study. My mother's maiden name was Orr. Her family lives mostly in Springfield Illinois. Please let me know what I can do to help.

posted by Mary (Fritz) Timms
Family TreeDNA has an Orr Group that is exploring the DNA relationships among the various Orr members. The primary DNA (simplified) is R1a and then we have various branches. David K. Orr is leading the group and uncovering many fascinating Orr relationships.
posted by Dennis Orr
Hello, I like to find more on my ancestor Nancy Orr who was born in Kentucky about 1800.
posted by John Auborn
I'm the descendant of a group of Orrs who emigrated from Scotland to the United States in 1853 (after converting to Mormonism). Happy to help out with this project, if I can.
posted by Cameron Orr
I have lots for Orrs in Ohio, specifically Meigs, Trumbull, and Columbiana counties.
posted by Brittany Orr
One rumor about the Orr name said it goes back to the 5th Century and is one of the oldest names in Scotland. Another is an Orr came over with Erik the Red circa 1000 A.D.
posted by Dennis Orr