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The surname Waldorf was 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.

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.


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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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  • Ernest Lynn Waldorf (1876-1943), American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1920-1943)
  • Greg Waldorf, American CEO-in-Residence at Accel Partners, former founding investor and former CEO of eHarmony
  • James Joseph "Duffy" Waldorf Jr. (b. 1962), American professional golfer
  • Lynn Osbert "Pappy" Waldorf (1902-1981), American football player and coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966
  • John Waldorf, American politician, Mayor of Marshall, Missouri, 1952
  • George P. Waldorf, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1904
  • Frederick H. Waldorf (1861-1935), American Democrat politician, Mayor of New Rochelle, New York, 1912-14, 1918-20; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1912
  • Frederick Waldorf, American politician, Mayor of Monroe, Michigan, 1857-59, 1866, 1868; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1864, 1872
  • Lars Waldorf, Visiting Fellow, Harvard Law School Human Rights Program


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  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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