Uhlig History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished and ancient German surname Uhlig is derived from the old Germanic personal name "Ulrich," which is itself derived from the Old High German "uodal," meaning "homeland," and the Germanic "rik," meaning "king." This personal name has been popular in Germany since the Middle Ages due to the fame of St. Ulrich, the bishop of Augsburg, Bavaria, who twice led the defense of his city against Hungarian attacks in the 10th century.

Early Origins of the Uhlig family

The surname Uhlig was first found in East Germany, where this variation of the name is thought to have emerged. The first known bearer of the surname was Ulich, who lived in Czeschau, Brandenburg in 1381. The Uhlig family established itself in this region during the Middle Ages and quickly grew prominent, figuring prominently in the early history of the region and contributing greatly to the development of mediaeval East German society.

Early History of the Uhlig family

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Uhlig Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Uhlig, Uhlich, Uhlik, Uhlick, Ulig, Ulich, Ulick and many more.

Early Notables of the Uhlig family (pre 1700)

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Uhlig Ranking

In the United States, the name Uhlig is the 17,946th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Uhlig migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Uhlig Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Uhlig, who sailed from Bremen to New York in 1853
  • Otto Uhlig, who was naturalized in Galveston, Texas in 1892

Canada Uhlig migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Uhlig Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Heinrich Wilhelm Uhlig, a German mercenary who settled in Québec after fighting in the American Revolution

Contemporary Notables of the name Uhlig (post 1700) +

  • Helmut Uhlig (b. 1922), American writer
  • John Uhlig, American Republican politician, Candidate for supervisor of Redford Township, Michigan, 1935 [2]
  • Bernd Uhlig (b. 1942), German fencer at the 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Erika Uhlig, East German silver medalist slalom canoeist at the 1967 World Championships
  • Frank Uhlig (b. 1955), German former footballer
  • Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Uhlig (1919-2008), German Fallschirmjäger during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Theodor Uhlig (1822-1853), German viola-player, composer and music critic
  • Oskar Uhlig, German gold medalist figure skater at the 1891 European Figure Skating Championships
  • Wilhelm Uhlig (b. 1930), German sculptor
  • Max Gerhard Uhlig (b. 1910), German painter

Bismarck
  • Alfred Uhlig (1921-1941), German Maschinengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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