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Ulrich (German pronunciation: [uːlʁiːx]), formerly Huldrich or Huldrych, is a Germanic name, derived from Old High German Uodalrich (uodal- meaning "heritage" and -rich meaning "powerful").[citation needed] It is also common as a surname, which includes the following Germanic variants: Ahlrich, Oelrich, Ollrich, Olrich, Uler, Ulerich, Ulich, Uller, Ullerich, Uli, Ülke, Ullman, Ullrich, Ullricher, Ullrisch, Ullrych, Ulman, Ulricher, Ulrisch, Ulrych, Urich, Utz, Ützle, and Utzmann.[citation needed]

The surname "Ulrich", and its variants, spread across Europe during the Middle Ages. This was largely in devotion to Saint Ulrich, Bishop of Augsburg (c. 890 – 4 July 973), who twice defended Augsburg from hostile attacks by pagan Magyars. Saint Ulrich was known for his courage, high moral standard, and loyalty to Emperor Otto I ("Otto the Great"). As a result, it is not uncommon to find variants of the surname "Ulrich" (as identified below) in non-German speaking lands, including Czech Republic, England, Hungary, Italy, Poland, the Scandinavian countries, Slovakia, and Slovenia.[citation needed]

Other language variants of the surname "Ulrich" include:[citation needed]

  • Alaric/Allaric (English)
  • Alarich (English)
  • Alarick (English)
  • Alarik (Scandinavian)
  • Aleric (English)
  • Alerick (English)
  • Alrick (English)
  • Alrik (Scandinavian)
  • Huldericus (Latin)
  • Odalric (Catalan)
  • Ódor (Hungarian)
  • Oldřich/Oldrich (Czech, Slovak)
  • Ryczek (Polish)
  • Ueli (Scandinavian)
  • Ulderico (Italian)
  • Uldis (Latvian)
  • Ullderico (Italian)
  • Ulldis (Latvian)
  • Ulloriaq (Greenlandic, Scandinavian)
  • Ullric (English and French)
  • Ullrico (Italian)
  • Ullrik (Scandinavian)
  • Ullryk (Polish)
  • Ulric (English and French)
  • Ulrica (Scandinavian)
  • Ulrick (English)
  • Ulrico (Italian)
  • Ulrik (Scandinavian)
  • Ulrika (Scandinavian)
  • Ulrike/Ulrikke (Scandinavian)
  • Ulryc (Polish
  • Ulryk (Polish)
  • Volek/Vollek (Slovak, Czech)
  • Wolrich (English)
  • Woolrich (English)
  • Woolrych (English)
  • Yulrich (English)

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Middle Ages[edit]

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External links[edit]

  • "Ulrich" (PDF). Ancestry.com.  Profile of surname; note: contains errors.