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Where did the German Orndorff family come from? What is the German Orndorff family crest and coat of arms? When did the Orndorff family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Orndorff family 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.


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

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.


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.


More information is included under the topic Early Orndorff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


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


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  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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  10. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
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The Orndorff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Orndorff 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.

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