"Amidst heathland, between Gaelen and Schleper, lays in Kirchspiel Bokeloh the village Doergen, which is often forgotten due to its remote location. However, its history starts as early as we know particulars about the Ems-area."
This is the beginning of an essay published in the magazine "Mein Emsland" (My Emsland) in 1937. With its 139 inhabitants it is one of the smallest villages belonging to Haseluenne.
The village is one of the oldest proven settlements. Already in 854 the name Deringon appears. Lagemann writes in the above-cited essay that a document dating shortly before 1000 mentions Great and Little Doergen. The name Doergen stems from the word derigun, meaning black and brown peaty earth of mouldered marsh plants that grow in brackish water. Abels, who summarized the meanings of the villages' names in the Emsland, states that derigon could mean that the place was owned by the "derig". Around 1160 the village was called Doringem.
Doergen consists of Great Doergen, Little Doergen, Doergener Field and a part of the "Schleper". Doergen's farms have a long history. Though the village was located aside of the military road it did not stay unaffected by history. In 1795 when the allies against the French placed troupes at the rivers Ems and Hase in order to keep the French from crossing the Ems, Doergen suffered much. In remembrance of the liberty wars following later, a memorial was built on December 18, 1913. This memorial still exists today. It is made of foundlings and forms a pyramid. It is located aside of the military road at the borderline to Bokeloh.
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