Ludlum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Ludlum is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived on a hill beside a babbling river which was later referred to as Ludlow Ludlum is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Ludlum family
The surname Ludlum was first found in Shropshire at Ludlow, a market town close to the Welsh border and in the Welsh Marches. The first listing of the place name dates back to 1138 where it was listed as Ludelaue and literally meant "hill or tumulus by a rapid," derived from the Old English words hlude + hlaw.  Ludlow was called by the Britons Dinam, or "the palace of princes," and by the Saxons Leadlowe, and Ludlowe. One reference claims Robert de Montgomery, kinsman of the Conqueror, fortified the town with walls, and erected most of its stately castle in which he lived until his death in 1094. Yet another reference claims the castle was built by Walter de Lacy in the late 11th century as possession of Ludlow Castle descended through the Lacy family until 1115. Mother Ludlam's Cave or Mother Ludlum's Hole is a small cave in the sandstone cliff of the Wey Valley at Moor Park, near Farnham, Surrey. The earliest record of the place occurs when a monk named Symon found a spring rising in the cave in the 13th century. Mother Ludlam was claimed to be a white witch who lived in the cave. Her cauldron has been kept in Frensham Church nearby for centuries.
Important Dates for the Ludlum family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ludlum research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1664, 1634, 1617, 1692, 1551, 1588, 1680 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Ludlum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ludlum Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ludlum family name include Ludlow, Ludley, Ludloe and others.
Early Notables of the Ludlum family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Roger Ludlow (1590-1664), an English lawyer, magistrate, military officer, and colonist who helped found the Colony of Connecticut, he directed Boston's first fortification, Castle William in 1634; Edmund Ludlow (Ludlowe) (c. 1617-1692), an English parliamentarian, best known for his involvement...
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Migration of the Ludlum family to Ireland
Some of the Ludlum family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ludlum family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ludlum surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Roger and Sara Ludlow settled in Nantasket in 1630 with their six children; Edward Ludlow arrived in New York with his wife and five children in 1823..
Contemporary Notables of the name Ludlum (post 1700)
- Robert Ludlum, American author
- Roy M. Ludlum, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 3rd District, 1938 
- Brigadier-General Albert Ludlum Culbertson (1884-1956), American Commanding Officer 66th Infantry Brigade (1940-1942) 
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- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 23) Albert Culbertson. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Culbertson/Albert_Ludlum/USA.html