Orndorff Name History

Orndorff Family Crest and Name History

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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.

Orndorff Early Origins

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.

Orndorff Early History

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Orndorff Early Notables

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The Great Migration

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Johan Peter Orndorff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753

Some noteworthy people of the name Orndorff

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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