Haurie Families in France

Many French families bear names similar to the Swiss Hauris, but they have a different origin. Noms de Famille, an amateur effort, lists the following:

Arouet, a name immortalized by Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire, 1694-1778), but now extinct. It might be a variant of Arrouet, which is undoubtedly a diminutive of arrou, which means a watering or feeding trough.

Auer, a German or Alsatian name that might indicate the aurochs, a wild ox present in central Europe (the nickname of a hard man, according to M.T. Morlet). But, it is more likely a designation for a person who lived in a locality with that name, which meant a meadow at the edge of a river, or a willow planation.

Auray, a name found in Rhône, Puy-de-Dôme and Allier, and also in Loire-Atlantique. In Brittany, it might originate from the place name Auray. Elsewhere, it might also be a toponym. There is an Auray à Molles in Allier, and it is possible that in Rhône, Auray is a corruption of Avray (the commune of Saint-Just-d’Avray). Also worth considering is the personal name Aureil (Latin, Aurelius), borne by a Bishop of Puy.

Auré, found especially in Vendée. The name indicates an origin in Auré, the name of several localities in Poitou-Charentes (as well as the name of a commune in the form of Auray). Without the accented e, it should be a place swept by the wind (ancien French aurehaure).

Haori, an Arabic name more frequently found as El Haouri. It is a variant of Hawri, El Hawri (”dweller near a lake”), from a place called (el) Hawr, a place name found in Egypt and lakes in Iraq.

Harari, originally from North Africa, this name is associated with Sephardic Jews. It comes from the Arabic Harrâr, a trade name meaning one who weaves or embroiders silk. Variants: Harar, Harrar, Harrari, El Harrar, Elharrar.

Haré, a Norman name. It might correspond to the cry “Haré,” by which sergeants marked the end of a fair. More generally, it was also used for calling dogs.

Harroué, a name found in Lorraine. It originally designated someone from Haroué, a commune in Meurthe-et-Moselle.

Haure, Diminutive of Haur, Haure. It is the Gascon form of Faure (=blacksmith).

Haurou, sometimes written Haürou, it is a derivative of the Gascon haure (= blacksmith). Note that there is locality Haurou near Arthez-de-Béarn.

Oriez, a name found especially in Belfort. Variant: Oriet. Other forms include Horiet or Horiot, Horriot, in which M.T. Morlet sees the nickname of one dischanged (Ancient French, holierhorierhorlier). Perhaps also related to the oriole.

Oroy, the oldest mentions locate the name in Marne and Aisne. It should be a toponym indicating oratory (Latin, oratorium). It might derive from the hamlet of Auroir à Foreste, or from the communes of Oroër, Orroire et Orrouy, in Oise, all of which have the same origin.

Ourry, common in La Manche, this name is an alternative of Oury. The two forms were employed interchangeably in Côtes-d’Armor in the 17th century.

Ory, perhaps a variant of Oury, but perhaps also originating from the toponym, Orry-la-Ville, a suburb of Paris.

Oury, a name found simultaneously in Brittany and in the east. It denotes someone of Germanic origin, from the personal name Odalric (odal = patrimony + ric = rich).

In the Gascon dialect of southwestern France, haure means a forge, and haury means a blacksmith. The Horrys of South Carolina probably derive from one such family. Elias Horry (1664-1736), of Charentin, France immigrated to South Carolina about 1691. His father Jean Horry had been an elder in the Protestant church in Paris. Horry County, South Carolina was named for that family.

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