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The ancient and distinguished German surname Herwegh 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 (Harbig), Saxony (Herbig), and Swabia (Herweger).

Herwegh Early Origins



The surname Herwegh 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 Herwegh 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.

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Herwegh Spelling Variations


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Herwegh Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Herwig, Harwig, Harbig, Herbig, Herwegh, Herbing, Herweg, Harweg, Herwich and many more.

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Herwegh Early History


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Herwegh Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herwegh research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1385, 1427, 1638, 1696, 1785, 1817, 1845, 1855, 1858, and 1875 are included under the topic Early Herwegh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Herwegh Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Herwegh Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Herwegh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Herwegh (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Herwegh (post 1700)



  • Charles Herwegh, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1908

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    2. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    3. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    9. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    10. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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    The Herwegh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Herwegh 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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