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

The Slavic surname Orloff is a proud emblem of the Russian culture and heritage. The Slavic people originally used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames in Russia. Most Russian surnames are either patronymic, which are surnames derived from the father's given name, or metronymic, which are surnames derived from the mother's given name. The most common patronymic suffixes are ov or ev, which are used after words ending in a consonant, and in, which follows words ending in a vowel. The name Orloff is derived from the Russian personal name Orlov, which is derived from the word Oryol or eagle. In the Middle Ages, the eagle was a symbol of royalty and power. The eagle is featured in the Russian Imperial insignia.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Orloff Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Abram Orloff, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Orloff Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Anna Orloff, aged 30, who emigrated to America from Suwalki, Russia, in 1905
  • Asvrum Orloff, aged 13, who landed in America from Kiew, Russia, in 1907
  • Basia Orloff, aged 20, who settled in America from Kiew, Russia, in 1912
  • Anton Orloff, aged 36, who landed in America from Bordeaux, France, in 1920
  • Antonie Orloff, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920


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  • Chester Lloyd "Chet" Orloff (b. 1949), American historian, writer and professor of urban studies
  • Jon Orloff (b. 1942), American physicist
  • Monford Orloff (1914-2000), American businessman and philanthropist
  • Judith Orloff, American psychiatrist, author and energy medicine practitioner
  • Chana Orloff (1888-1968), Ukraine-born sculptor


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The Orloff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Orloff 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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