, where the name Oberhofen and Udelhofen were synonymous with the Teutonic Order. The Barons Oberhofen became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: and other settlers who traveled to the New World and established themselves along the eastern seaboard of the United States, particularly in Pennsylvania, and in Canada in the 18th and 19th centuries..