Orndorff Surname History

The roots of the distinguished German surname Orndorff are somewhat unclear. The name is thought to be derived from theMiddle High German words "arn," meaning "eagle," and "dorff," meaning "village;" in this case, the name would denote "eagle village." Alternatively, the first part of the name may be derived from the Middle High German "horn," meaning "projecting hill" or "spur of land." In this instance, the name would indicate "a village on a hill." There is no known city bearing the name "Orndorff;" the name may be a nickname used by the citizens in description of the town. In either case, the surname Orndorff would probably have been initially borne by a resident of this unknown town.

Early Origins of the Orndorff family

The surname Orndorff was first found in various regions in Germany. It is likely that there were once several towns in Germany known popularly as "Orndorff"; thus, the surname may have emerged independently in several different areas. The Orndorff family was instrumental during these early times, playing an important role in the development of medieval German society.

Important Dates for the Orndorff family

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Orndorff Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Orndorf, Orndorff, Orndorfer, Orndorrfer and others.

Early Notables of the Orndorff family (pre 1700)

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Orndorff migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Orndorff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Peter Orndorff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
Orndorff Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Milton Orndorff, aged 38, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • W. R. Orndorff, aged 47, who arrived in America, in 1910
  • Myrtle A. Orndorff, aged 22, who arrived in America, in 1914
  • Charlotte Orndorff, aged 37, who immigrated to Ithaca, N. Y., in 1924
  • Mary R. Orndorff, aged 10, who immigrated to Ithaca, N. Y., in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Orndorff (post 1700)

  • Paul Parlette Orndorff (b. 1949), retired American professional wrestler
  • James Brent Orndorff (b. 1978), American musician best known as the singer-songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist
  • Florence M Orndorff (b. 1899), American teacher and union official
  • Paul Orndorff (b. 1949), former National Football League player

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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