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Where did the German Uhrick family come from? What is the German Uhrick family crest and coat of arms? When did the Uhrick family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Uhrick family history?

The distinguished and ancient German surname Uhrick 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 South Germany, Switzerland, and Austria 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.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Uhrig, Urich, Uhrich, Urig, Urick, Uhrick and others.

First found in South Germany, where this variation of the name is thought to have emerged. The earliest known bearer of the name was Conrad Urrici, who was a citizen of Strasbourg in 1498. The young Uhrick family was instrumental during this formative period, playing a major role in the early history of the region and contributing greatly to the development of medieval Swabian culture.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Uhrick research. Another 191 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1591, 1879 and 1826 are included under the topic Early Uhrick History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Uhrick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johann Uhrig, who emigrated from the Palatinate to Philadelphia in 1742; Barbara Urich, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1757; Joseph Uhrig, who came to Baltimore in 1835.


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