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Origins Available: German, Swiss

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

The Ulrich surname come comes from the old German personal name Uodal-rich. The name became popular in the Middle Ages in part due to St. Ulrich, a bishop of Augsburg.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ulrich, Ulrichs, Ullrich, Ulrick, Ulrik, Ullrik, Ullrick, Urich and many more.

First found in Bavaria, in the city of Nuremburg, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. The name as a first name was associated with many notable figures of the mediaeval period, such as St. Ulrich, bishop of Augsburg, or Ulrich von Lichtenstein (1200-1276,) poet of courtly behavior. By the 14th century the name was firmly grounded as a prominent surname.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ulrich research. Another 275 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1612, 1623, 1701, 1633, 1714, 1685, 1702 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Ulrich History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 117 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ulrich Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ulrich Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Elias and Cristof Ulrich, who emigrated with their families to America in 1709
  • Johann Elias Ulrich, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Philip Ulrich, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1732
  • Hans Michael Ulrich, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Adam Ulrich, aged 24, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738


Ulrich Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Dorothea Ulrich, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • August L Ulrich, who landed in New York in 1820
  • Ignacio Ulrich, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1840
  • Catherina Ulrich, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • Christina Ulrich, who came to Texas in 1846


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  • Admiral Henry G. "Harry" Ulrich, American Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples the from May 23, 2005 to November 30, 2007
  • Brian Ray "Skeet" Ulrich (b. 1970), American actor
  • Lars Ulrich (b. 1963), Danish-American drummer, one of the founding members of the band Metallica
  • Franz Heinrich Ulrich (b. 1910), German prominent business executive, who was the Chairman of the Deutsche Bank
  • Sheri Ulrich (b. 1951), Canadian popular Canadian musician and singer
  • Torben Ulrich (b. 1928), Danish writer, musician, filmmaker, and former tennis pro
  • Martin Ulrich (b. 1969), retired Austrian ice hockey defenceman, former captain of the Austrian national ice hockey team


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  • Uhrich, A History and Genealogy by Thomas Vincent Uhrich.
  • The Family History of Frederich H. Ulrich by Esther Urich Bender.
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The Ulrich Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ulrich 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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