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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Walldorf, Waldorff, Waldor, Walldorfer, Walldorffer, Walldorp, Walldorper, Waldroff, Waelldorf, Waeldorf, Waeldorffer, Waelldorfer, Waelldorp, Waelldorper, Welldorf, Weldorf, Welldorfer, Welldorffer, Welldorp, Welldorper, Weldorf, Weldorfer, Weldorffer, Weldorp and many more.

First found in Austria, where the name Walldorf emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of nobility in the region. From the 13th century on, this surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory an important contributor to the development of the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waldorf research. Another 244 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1664, 1702, and 1727 are included under the topic Early Waldorf History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Christof Walsdorfer, who came to America in 1748; Friedrich Waldor, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1792; George Waldor came to Allegheny County, Pa. in 1846.

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  • Lynn Osbert "Pappy" Waldorf (1902-1981), American football player and coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966
  • James Joseph "Duffy" Waldorf Jr. (b. 1962), American professional golfer
  • Greg Waldorf, American CEO-in-Residence at Accel Partners, former founding investor and former CEO of eHarmony
  • Ernest Lynn Waldorf (1876-1943), American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1920-1943)
  • Lars Waldorf, Visiting Fellow, Harvard Law School Human Rights Program


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The Waldorf Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Waldorf 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 16 June 2013 at 14:31.

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