The roots of the distinguished German surname Holweg lie in the province of Westphalia
. The name is derived from the Old High German words "hal," meaning "hollow," and "weg," meaning "way." Thus, the name was most likely originally borne either by someone who lived near a ravine or a narrow pass or by someone who worked as a road mender, filling in hollows in public pathways.
Early Origins of the Holweg family
The surname Holweg was first found in Westphalia
, where it is believed that the name first emerged as a surname. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Giselbert Holewecke, who was living in Cologne in 1159. Due to the occupational
and habitational origins of the name, it is likely that several original bearers emerged independently in various regions of Germany
during the early Middle Ages, creating many branches of the Holweg family.
Early History of the Holweg family
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Holweg Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Holweger, Holweg, Hollweg, Hohlweg, Hollweger, Hohlweger, Hohlwecker, Hohlweck, Holwegk, Holenweger, Hohlenweger, Hollenweger, Holweck, Hohlwecker and many more.
Early Notables of the Holweg family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Holweg family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Nicolas Holweck, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1763; George Hohlweg, who applied for naturalization in Missouri in 1844; Diedr Holweg, who traveled from Bremen to New York in 1850.
Contemporary Notables of the name Holweg (post 1700)
- M. Holweg, American mathematician at MIT