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Re: Meaning of Uhl, Uhle
Posted by: David Uland (ID *****8392) Date: May 08, 2002 at 13:37:00
In Reply to: Re: Meaning of Uhl, Uhle by Linda Patterson of 425

Traveling on a plane back from a business trip to Germany, I sat next to a young man (30's) from Denmark. When I introduced myself he looked surprised and proceeded to tell me this was a Danish name. He explained that the main part of Denmark is called Uland (in the Atlas it is spelled Jutland and refers to the Jute tribe that lived there before they invaded England with the Angles and Saxons. In Scandinavian tongues they pronounce the J as a Y hence the sound "yootland". Some coincidental support for this origin comes from the fact that there are a relatively large number of Uhland, Ulland, Ullander and Uland surnames in Northern Germany and Southern Sweden, perhaps derived from people who migrated out of "Juteland". The only caveat is that there are also a fair number of Uhland's concentrated in the Palatinate of the Rhine area some as far back as the late fifteenth century. It is not clear that these are the same as the Ulands etc. of the north.

Nothing certain, but an idea to ponder..

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