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The German surname Ruhl emerged in the lands that formed the modern state of Lower Saxony, which is presently bordered by the North Sea, the Hartz mountains and the Elbe and Ems rivers.German surnames developed at a time when most of Lower Saxony, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to more clearly identify themselves. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames in Lower Saxony. Two of the common types of family names found in Prussia are patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The surname Ruhl derived from the given name Rudolf. The name Ruehle was adopted by a town near Meppen and Holzmunden in East Friesland near the Dutch border.

Ruhl Early Origins



The surname Ruhl was first found in East Friesland, 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 is thought to have originated as a short form of Rudolf. A town near Meppen and Holzmunden in East Friesland took on the name Ruehle, and this region near the Dutch border is probably the place of origin for many of the branches bearing this name.

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Ruhl Spelling Variations


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Ruhl Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Ruhle, Ruhler, Ruehle, Ruhle, Ruehler, Ruele, Ruelle, Ruhl, Rule, Rulle, Ruler, Ruller, Roul, Rool, Roole, Rooler, Roohler, Roohle, Ruel, Ruehle and many more.

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Ruhl Early History


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Ruhl Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruhl research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1743, 1789, 1761, 1789 and 1847 are included under the topic Early Ruhl History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ruhl Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ruhl Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the time included Jacob Ruehle, the father of the above mention brothers Johann and Georg, who was a Doctor of Law and mayor of the city Koenigsberg in East Prussia. Other prominent descendents of this line include Jacob Heinrich Ruehle (d.1789) who became a Senator of Frankfurt...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ruhl 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:

Ruhl Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nicolaus Ruhl, who sailed to New York in 1710
  • Peter Ruhl, aged 45, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Georg Philip Ruhl, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Johannes Ruhl, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Johan Peter Ruhl, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ruhl Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Philipp Ruhl, who landed in America in 1833
  • Christian Ruhl, who landed in America in 1833
  • Nicolas Ruhl, aged 28, landed in Missouri in 1840
  • John Gottlob Ruhl, who arrived in Missouri in 1845
  • Johann Ruhl, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruhl (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruhl (post 1700)



  • Sarah Ruhl (b. 1974), American playwright, recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship
  • J. B. Ruhl, American legal academic specializing in environmental law
  • William Ruhl, American politician, Candidate for village President of Franklin Park, Illinois, 2009
  • John L. Ruhl, American politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 12th District, 1914
  • John Ruhl, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1884
  • Dave Ruhl (1920-1988), Canadian professional wrestler
  • Private First Class Donald Jack Ruhl (1923-1945), recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    2. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    3. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    4. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    5. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. 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).
    9. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

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