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I have been researching our family now for approximately 30 years so please have a browse of the Web site, you never know there could be your family here too and please sign my guestbook as your feedback is important. Special thanks go to: ?David ROSE for his hard work and dedication in researching our BOX family. ?Derek MURPHY, Derek's father and Dorothy ORRIN for their dedication and research into the ORRIN family. A special dedication also goes to my grandmother, Hilda Maud HAMILTON for the information on the HAMILTON/HAMMERTON families. I would often sit and listen to those stories that she would tell me of her family and growing up in the town of Colchester, England. Without the help of family, newly found family members and friends I would not be where I am today with my research. Thank you all. I would like to dedicate this Web site to David. His hard work and dedication in sourcing the BOX family has made this Web site possible. Thank you David. I will be updating this site often, so please check regularly. ORRIN name - Background On The Origins This is an extremely rare and localised surname that may have entered East Anglia, where it predominates, from the North East of Europe or from Scandinavia. In my opinion, evidence seems to suggest that it is neither a locative nor an occupational surname, but most likely a personal and patronymic name. The most likely root is the celtic Orborgenos giving rise to the personal names Urien, Urian, Urin, Uren, etc., and the stress of the second "r" compensates for the change of vowel in local usage, from "O" to "U". The alternative of a locative name derived from Ore in Sussex or Oare in Kent and other counties derives from the Anglo-Saxon meaning a dwelling by a bank or ridge. The Old Norse Orri occurring in Yorkshire Assize Rolls of the early thirteenth century mean a black-cock, that is, it was a nickname. "A dark bumptious individual". The diminutive, Orren, "little son of the black-cock". CRHS