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Oberdorfer Surname 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.

Early Origins of the Oberdorfer family

The surname Oberdorfer was 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.

Early History of the Oberdorfer family

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Oberdorfer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Oberndorfer, Obendorfer, Oberdorfer, Obendorf, Obendorff, Oberdorf, Oberdorff, Oberdorf, Oberdoerff, Oberndorf, Oberndorff, Oberndorfer and many more.

Early Notables of the Oberdorfer family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Oberdorfer family to the New World and Oceana

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.

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