The ancient and distinguished German surname Herweg is patronymic
in origin, deriving from the name of the father of the original bearer. The early German personal name
Herwig means "battle-worthy," and was made popular through the "Gudrun Lied," a Middle High German epic poem written between 1220 and 1250 which featured a character named Herwig, the king of Zealand, Denmark. The name was common under many spelling variations
in several areas of medieval Germany
, such as Silesia
(Herbig), and Swabia (Herweger).
Early Origins of the Herweg family
The surname Herweg was first found in northern Germany
, where the name is thought to have first emerged. The earliest documentation of the name dates back to 1285, when Herwich kolere was recorded to be living in Stralsund in 1285. The name was first recorded as a surname in 1385, borne by Teml Herwich of Budweis. The young Herweg family was instrumental during this formative period, figuring prominently in the country's early history and contributing greatly to the development of medieval German society.
Early History of the Herweg family
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Herweg Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Herwig, Harwig, Harbig, Herbig, Herwegh, Herbing, Herweg, Harweg, Herwich and many more.
Early Notables of the Herweg family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Herweg family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jacob Herwick Jr. who emigrated from Württemburg to Pennsylvania in 1750; Hans Michael Herwig, who settled in Philadelphia in 1764; Konrad Herwich, a Hessian mercenary who settled in America after fighting in the Revolutionary War.
Contemporary Notables of the name Herweg (post 1700)
- Bryan Herweg, American musician, member of the post-metal quartet Pelican