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

The surname Ulmer is a local name derived from Ulm, a city in southwest Germany. The city of Ulm dates from at least 854, and was probably settled much earlier than that.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Ulm, Ulmer, Ullmer, Ulmers and others.

First found in Wuerttemburg and Baden, in the Swabian Alps, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of this region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. The name most probably has its origin in the mediaeval city of Ulm (mentioned as early as 854,) south-east of Stuttgart.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ulmer research. Another 339 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1140, 1273, 1363, 1613, 1622, 1659, and 1726 are included under the topic Early Ulmer History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 47 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ulmer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ulmer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Ulmer, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Adam Ulmer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • John Ulmer, who arrived in New England in 1740
  • Philip Ulmer landed in Philadelphia in 1741
  • Georg Ludwig Ulmer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749

Ulmer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Philip Ulmer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Thomas Ulmer, aged 28, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Leonhard Ulmer, aged 40, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • William Ulmer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • A Cath Ulmer, who landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1841


  • Robert Parke Ulmer, American who was a professor and chairman of the art department at Tennessee State University and the President of the Pennsylvania and Tennessee State Art Education Associations
  • Shirley Sidney Ulmer, American educator, Chairman of the Political Science Department at the University of Kentucky
  • James "Blood" Ulmer (b. 1942), American jazz and blues guitarist and singer
  • Edgar Georg Ulmer (1904-1972), Austrian-American film director, best known for his movies The Black Cat (1934) and Detour (1945)
  • Frances Ann "Fran" Ulmer (b. 1947), American administrator and Democratic politician, 9th Lieutenant Governor of Alaska from 1994 to 2002
  • Charles Artie Ulmer (b. 1973), American former professional NFL football linebacker
  • William Ulmer (1833-1907), American founder of the William Ulmer Brewery, Brooklyn, New York in 1872
  • Thomas Ulmer (b. 1956), German Member of European Parliament representing the Christian Democratic Union of Germany
  • Layne Ulmer (b. 1980), Canadian professional hockey player
  • Sarah Ulmer ONZM (b. 1976), the first New Zealander to win an Olympic cycling gold medal



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The Ulmer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ulmer 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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