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Where did the German Ludewig family come from? What is the German Ludewig family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ludewig family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ludewig family history?

A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Ludewig, were formed in the lands which became the modern German state of Prussia, known for its beauty, industry and military power. However, in the medieval era, Prussia was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia and East Prussia. The Ludewig family emerged in Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the German Unification.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ludwig, Ludwick, Luedwick, Ludwich, Lutwich, Lutwig, Lutwick, Ludewig and many more.

First found in Brandenburg, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. "Ludwig" was very popular as a first name through the fame of many kings and princes bearing this name. Indeed, as a first name it can be traced as far back as the West-Franconian "Chlodovech," who was the founder of Frankenreich in 486. Often it was taken as a last name by those who served one of the many King Ludwigs.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ludewig research. Another 305 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1700, 1725, 1200, 1227, 1579, 1650, 1813, 1816 and 1895 are included under the topic Early Ludewig History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 163 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ludewig Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ludewig Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Christoff Ludewig, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751

Ludewig Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mr. Ludewig, who landed in America in 1843
  • Frederick Ludewig, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873
  • Friedrick Ludewig, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873

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