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The surname Ulmer is a local name derived from Ulm, a city in southwest Germany. The city of Ulm dates from at least 854, and was probably settled much earlier than that.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ulm, Ulmer, Ullmer, Ulmers and others.

First found in Wuerttemburg and Baden, in the Swabian Alps, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of this region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. The name most probably has its origin in the mediaeval city of Ulm (mentioned as early as 854,) south-east of Stuttgart.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ulmer research. Another 339 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1140, 1273, 1363, 1613, 1622, 1659, and 1726 are included under the topic Early Ulmer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ulmer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ulmer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Adam Ulmer, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Adam Ulmer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • John Ulmer, who arrived in New England in 1740
  • Philip Ulmer landed in Philadelphia in 1741
  • Georg Ludwig Ulmer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749


Ulmer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Philip Ulmer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Thomas Ulmer, aged 28, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Leonhard Ulmer, aged 40, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • William Ulmer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • A Cath Ulmer, who landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1841


Ulmer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Barba Ulmer, aged 3, arrived in Quebec in 1893
  • Catha Ulmer, aged 45, landed in Quebec in 1893
  • Christian Ulmer, aged 45, arrived in Quebec in 1893
  • Elisabeth Ulmer, aged 50, arrived in Quebec in 1893
  • Josef Ulmer, aged 8, landed in Quebec in 1893


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  • Lee Chester "L.C." Ulmer (1928-2016), American delta blues musician who worked with Elvis Presley, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Brook Benton, Nat King Cole, Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong and many more
  • M. C. Ulmer, American politician, Mayor of Midland, Texas, 1934-43
  • Johann Wilhelm Ulmer (1862-1941), American Republican politician, Merchant; Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 6th District, 1897-98; Member of South Dakota State Senate 7th District, 1899-1900, 1903-04
  • George C. Ulmer, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 12th District, 1904, 1906
  • Fred Ulmer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1996
  • Frank Ulmer, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Bluffton, Indiana, 1933-42 (acting, 1933-34)
  • Fran Ulmer (b. 1947), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Juneau, Alaska, 1983-85; Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, 1994-2002
  • Eldon R. Ulmer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alaska, 1972; Presidential Elector for Alaska, 1992
  • Albert Frederich Ulmer (1901-1990), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Dakota, 1948
  • William Ulmer (1833-1907), American founder of the William Ulmer Brewery, Brooklyn, New York in 1872

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