Uhl History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Uhl family name begins in the German province of Bavaria. Uhl is a nickname surname, a class of German names derived from eke-names, or added names, that described people by a personal characteristic or other attribute. Uhl is a name for a wealthy young man, who was a protector.

Early Origins of the Uhl family

The surname Uhl was first found in Bavaria, where the name was associated in the mediaeval period with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. During the Middle Ages the name was concentrated around Nuremberg, though not restricted to this area. Founded in 1050, Nuremberg was one of the main cities of Franconia, before its annexation by Bavaria in 1806. It became a major center of exchange for goods coming south from the Baltic ports, and products moving north from the Mediterranean. Frederick II named Nuremberg a Free Imperial City in the 13th century, and during this period of economic prosperity it became a center of the Arts. It was the birthplace of the poet Hans Sachs and the painter Albrecht Duerer.

Early History of the Uhl family

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Uhl Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Uhl include Uhle, Uhll, Uhls, Uhler, Uller, Ulle, Ullmann, Uhlmann, Uhlemann, Uhlman, Ullman and many more.

Early Notables of the Uhl family (pre 1700)

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United States Uhl migration to the United States +

Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Uhl or a variant listed above:

Uhl Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Carolus Uhl, who arrived in New York, NY in 1709 [1]
  • Carl Uhl, who arrived in New York State in 1710-11
  • Henrich Uhl, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Frederick Dietrich Uhl, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]
  • Dietrick Uhl, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1737
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Uhl Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Uhl, aged 44, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • Hugo Uhl, who landed in Maryland in 1820 [1]
  • John Uhl, aged 24, who arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1848 [1]
  • Louis Uhl, who landed in Indiana in 1852 [1]
  • Kath Uhl, aged 36, who arrived in America in 1853 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Uhl (post 1700) +

  • Edward George Uhl, American US Army Lieutenant, co-inventor of the Bazooka rocket
  • Alexander Uhl, American prominent journalist
  • Mel Uhl, American politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1901 [2]
  • Louis J. Uhl, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from North Haven, 1932 [2]
  • Frederick Uhl, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Great Neck Plaza, New York [2]
  • Frederick Uhl, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1908 [2]
  • Edwin Fuller Uhl (1841-1901), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1890-92; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1892; U.S. Ambassador to Germany, 1896-97 [2]
  • David E. Uhl, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1928, 1932; Candidate for Michigan State Treasurer, 1928 [2]
  • Curtis M. Uhl, American politician, Mayor of Vienna, West Virginia, 1977-80 [2]
  • Charles F. Uhl, American Democrat politician, Chair of Somerset County Democratic Party, 1927; U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 1935-39, 1941-47 [2]
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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