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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.

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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.

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


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

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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

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 emigrated to Ithaca, N. Y., in 1924
  • Mary R. Orndorff, aged 10, who emigrated to Ithaca, N. Y., in 1924
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  • 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
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    Other References

    1. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    7. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    8. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    9. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    10. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
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