Ulrich Friedrich Willy Joachim von Ribbentrop was born in Prussian Wesel.
However, he did not bear the noble name from the very childhood. Already an adult, he was adopted by his own aunt. This event also allowed the vain Ribbentrop to attach to the surname the figure of the nobility in the form of a «background». At the same generously endowed him with the nobility of his aunt, he undertook to do so for life.