The son of Bernard and Ann "Nancy" (Smith) Doran, John Doran was one of the ancestors who from time to time wrote his name as Dorran as well as Doran. In writing we use the single R spelling unless quoting a record where it is spelled with 2 Rs. The current descendants use the single R. The current pronunciation varies even within the same immediate family.
John Doran was baptized on March 10, 1838 at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Belfast, County Antrim. He was born in the Union Workhouse, Belfast. The baptism record notes his father's name is Bernard Doran and his mother's maiden name is Ann Smyth, His baptism sponsor was Mary Ann Montgomery.
John Doran married Ellen Little (aka Lyttle) in Ireland on June 7, 1857 as was noted on their daughter Anna Dorran's birth record. The parents marriage date and place is thankfully a requirement in Scotland, The date of the record was November 24, 1863. The family was living at McDowell Street, Renfrewshire, district of Johnstone, county of Renfrew, Scotland. John and Ellen's marriage record has not been found yet.
Ellen Little's birth date, parents and siblings names are hiding behind a huge brick wall that despite every effort we have not been able to break through. We have uncovered some possibilities, but no proof.