Uhrig History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished and ancient German surname Uhrig 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.

Early Origins of the Uhrig family

The surname Uhrig was 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 Uhrig 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.

Early History of the Uhrig family

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Uhrig Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Uhrig family (pre 1700)

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United States Uhrig migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Uhrig Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Uhrig, who emigrated from the Palatinate to Philadelphia in 1742
  • Joh Jacob Uhrig, who landed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1761 [1]
Uhrig Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Philipp Uhrig, who arrived in North America in 1835 [1]
  • Joseph Uhrig, who settled in Baltimore in 1835
  • George Uhrig, who was naturalized in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Anna Maria Uhrig, who emigrated from Hessen to Ohio in 1864
  • George Uhrig, who was naturalized in Illinois in 1890

Contemporary Notables of the name Uhrig (post 1700) +

  • Robert Uhrig (1903-1944), German communist and resistance fighter against National Socialism
  • Pius Uhrig (b. 1896), German Reichstag delegate


  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)


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