Subject: the origin of Jory?
Author: A Jory   (guest)
Date: July 5, 2006 at 4:13 PM

I found out a short time ago that my father's family is from Cornwall, England, and discovered that the surname "Jory" is predominantly found in that area, with only a few exceptions in the rest of Great Britain (at least as far as the early 19th century census information can tell us). We were told, years ago, by one of those outfits that charge you money to find the origin of your name, that "Jory" was Scottish, from "deorighe" [sp?], meaning "pilgrim." Supposedly it was a variant of another Scottish surname, variously spelled Deor or George, and belonged to Clan MacNab. Does anyone know whether the origin actually is Scottish, or is it more likely to have a Welsh origin (since Wales and Cornwall are so closely connected ethnically and historically)? Any help would be much appreciated.

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