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Subject: Re: Dorrit (f., English)
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: March 11, 2009 at 10:30:13 AM
Reply to: Dorrit (f., English) by Lumia
I cannot find that spelling in my surname dictionaries, but Reaney & Wilson's A Dictionary of English Surnames does give Dorrett as a surname which is one of the variations of Durward or Dorwood, all going back to Old English duru-weard, meaning "doorkeeper" or "porter."

Perhaps that's what Dickens was thinking of.

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