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Where did the German Orth family come from? What is the German Orth family crest and coat of arms? When did the Orth family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Orth family history?

The surname Orth is derived from the High German word "ort," meaning "high point." The name was likely first borne by someone living at the end of a street or a village.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Ort, Orte, Orto, Ohrt, Orthmann, Ohrtmann, Ordemann and many more.

First found in Wertheim, Main, where Orto of Mendfeld is recorded to have been living in 1260. Another early instance of the name dates back to 1271, when Thietrich an dem Orte was recorded as being a resident of Basel.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orth research. Another 221 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1271, 1377, 1698 and 1783 are included under the topic Early Orth History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 59 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Orth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Orth Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Orth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Johan Melchior Orth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Johannes Orth, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Jacob Orth, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Christopl Orth, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754

Orth Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Augt Orth, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Augustas Orth, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813
  • Michael Orth, who arrived in America in 1830
  • Friederick Orth, who arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • George Orth, aged 29, arrived in Missouri in 1841


  • Andrew Park Orth (b. 1907), prominent educator working in the American Midwest
  • Albert Lewis Orth (1872-1948), American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Zak Orth (b. 1970), American comedic actor
  • Frank Orth (1880-1962), American actor
  • Maureen Ann Orth (b. 1943), American journalist
  • Godlove Stein Orth (1817-1882), U.S. House representative
  • Harold William Orth (1866-1946), American architect
  • August Friedrich Wilhelm Orth (1828-1901), German architect
  • Johannes Orth (1847-1923), German pathologist
  • Samuel Peter Orth (1873-1922), lawyer, professor, and author who lived in America



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sine macula
Motto Translation: Without stain.



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  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  5. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
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  7. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  11. ...

The Orth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Orth Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 27 August 2014 at 16:09.

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