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Where did the German Oberdorfer family come from? What is the German Oberdorfer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Oberdorfer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Oberdorfer family history?The distinguished surname Oberdorfer is German in origin. It is derived from "Oberndorf," the name of several places found in Thürgau, Hessen, and Bavaria, and is made up of two elements: "ober," meaning "up, on top," and "dorf," meaning "village." It is likely that the name was originally borne by someone who hailed from one of the places known as Oberndorf, or, alternatively, by someone who lived at the top of a village.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Oberndorfer, Obendorfer, Oberdorfer, Obendorf, Obendorff, Oberdorf, Oberdorff, Oberdorf, Oberdoerff, Oberndorf, Oberndorff, Oberndorfer and many more.
First found in Hesse-Nassau, now Wiesbaden, until 1866 a sovereign duchy, is now part of Prussia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oberdorfer research. Another 232 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1522, 1574, 1621, 1776, and 1790 are included under the topic Early Oberdorfer History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 34 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oberdorfer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Rosina Oberndorff, who was married in Pennsylvania in 1743; Johann Oberndorffer, who settled in Cayenne in 1763; Georg Oberndoerfer, a German mercenary who settled in America after fighting in the Revolutionary War, Isaac Oberndoerfer, who was naturalized in Scott County, Iowa in 1860.
The Oberdorfer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oberdorfer 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.
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