Oberdorff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Oberdorff 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 Oberdorff family

The surname Oberdorff 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.

Important Dates for the Oberdorff family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oberdorff research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1522, 1574, 1621, 1776, and 1790 are included under the topic Early Oberdorff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Oberdorff 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 Oberdorff family (pre 1700)

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Oberdorff migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Oberdorff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Andreas Oberdorff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Joh Simon Oberdorff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Kasper Oberdorff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Jacob Oberdorff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • Jurg Oberdorff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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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