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The distinguished surname Dahl is a proud sign of a rich and ancient Austrian ancestry. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 BC. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, Austria was settled by the Alemanni, Avars, and Slavs. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Dahl include Dahl, Dahlen, Dahlin, Dahlem, Dallen, Dallin and others.

First found in Austria, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. 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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dahl research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1742, 1779 and 1815 are included under the topic Early Dahl History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dahl Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Dahl were

Dahl Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrew Dahl, who arrived in New York in 1825
  • Endre Dahl, who arrived in New York in 1825
  • J C Dahl, who arrived in New York in 1849
  • Abraham Dahl, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • Henrik Dahl, who arrived in Texas in 1852


Dahl Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Frank O Dahl, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1904
  • Hakan Anders Dahl, who landed in Wisconsin in 1913
  • Peter Bortman Dahl, who landed in Alabama in 1919

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  • Robert Alan Dahl (1915-2014), American Professor of political science at Yale University
  • B. J. Dahl (b. 1899), American Republican politician, Newspaper publisher; Member of Washington State Senate 2nd District, 1943-47
  • Arne Dahl, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 1960
  • Arlow Dahl, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 1944
  • Arden Dahl, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1964
  • Andrew H. Dahl (b. 1859), American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Vernon County, 1899-1901, 1903-07; Wisconsin State Treasurer, 1907-13
  • Alma Dahl, American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin Democratic State Central Committee, 1954
  • C. P. Dahl, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 1960
  • Carl G. Dahl, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Iowa State House of Representatives from Black Hawk County, 1950; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1972
  • Charles F. Dahl, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Senate 31st District, 1954

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  2. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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The Dahl Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dahl 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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