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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.

Orndorff Early Origins



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.

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Orndorff Spelling Variations


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Orndorff Spelling Variations



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

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Orndorff Early History


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Orndorff Early History



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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Orndorff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Orndorff Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Orndorff 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 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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Contemporary Notables of the name Orndorff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Orndorff (post 1700)



  • 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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    3. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    7. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    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.

    This page was last modified on 18 February 2015 at 13:43.

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