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The surname Ahl is an occupational surname, derived from the Old German roots adel, which means noble, and mann, which means man. The surname identifies the bearer as a member of the nobility, which makes this a surname of office. This surname is associated with Swabia, a region in the southwest of Germany. The place name survives today only as the name for a mountain range running across the region where Swabia used to be. In the 1st century, Swabia was settled by the tribe of the Sueben who came from central Germany, and drove the Celts to Gaul (France). The Sueben prince Ariovist was defeated by Caesar in battle at Mulhouse, Alsace in 58 B C. Following the end of the Roman era, the Germanic Alemans from the north and the Bajuvaren from the east entered the region between 300 and 500 AD. They were in turn defeated by the Franks under Clovis in 496. The whole kingdom became eventually known as Alemannia. The dukedom of Swabia, formed in the 10th century, was ruled by the Hohenstaufen family from 1079, until they died out in 1268, when the counts of Wuerttemberg took control. Two other imperial dynasties also came from Swabia: theHapsburgs and the Hohenzollerns, who were the Kings of Prussia and the last German emperors until 1918. Today, the area is called Baden-Württemberg.

Ahl Early Origins



The surname Ahl was first found in Swabia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region, whose family seat lay in the area of Ellwangen. Chronicles mention this family as early as 878, though the first individual to be recorded was Seyfried von Adelmannsfelden in 1236. The variation Adel is known as early as 1189 where chronicles mention Adelo, a minister in Eichstaett. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

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Ahl Spelling Variations


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Ahl Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Adelmann, Adelman, Adellman, Adellmann, Adelmanns, Adellmanns and many more.

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Ahl Early History


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Ahl Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ahl research. Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1687, 1728, 1790, and 1805 are included under the topic Early Ahl History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ahl Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ahl Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ahl Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ahl Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Augusta G. Ahl, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Ebba Ahl, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Ahl Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Arvid Ahl, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Gothenburg, in 1901
  • Anders Ahl, aged 22, who landed in America from Gothenburg, in 1901
  • Charles W. Ahl, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Alois Ahl, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Graz, Austria, in 1907
  • Charles A. Ahl, aged 45, who emigrated to America, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ahl (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ahl (post 1700)



  • Christoph Gustav Ernst Ahl (1898-1945), German zoologist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    8. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Ahl Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ahl 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 21 September 2016 at 11:35.

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