I would like to thank you for your e-mail message on Orris Origins. I never would have guessed the name ORRIS was a derivation of Horace let alone Horatious. I haven't seen Orace either. I have found Orris, Oris, Orriss, Orvis and Arris, which some claim was the German spelling of the name. It was changed to Orris in the states.
On my husbands grandfather's marriage records, he listed his race as Saxon. Whether that is correct, I don't know.
You are so lucky to trace someone back to 1598. The family I'm researching, I have been able to trace back to York County, PA, but I'm unable to find any type of records there. It was not manditory that records be kept in that time period (1800-1900) That's what makes researching interesting but frustrating.
Happy researching, Hazel McCarthy
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