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The roots of the distinguished German surname Orndorfen 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 Orndorfen would probably have been initially borne by a resident of this unknown town.

Orndorfen Early Origins



The surname Orndorfen 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 Orndorfen family was instrumental during these early times, playing an important role in the development of medieval German society.

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Orndorfen Spelling Variations


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Orndorfen Spelling Variations



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

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Orndorfen Early History


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Orndorfen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orndorfen research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1862 and 1927 are included under the topic Early Orndorfen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Orndorfen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Orndorfen Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Orndorfen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johan Peter Orndorff and Johann Conrad Orndorff, who both settled in Pennsylvania in 1753; and Daniel Orndorff, who came to Baltimore in 1826.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    2. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    3. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    4. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    7. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Orndorfen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Orndorfen 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.

    This page was last modified on 25 June 2014 at 10:25.

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