The roots of the distinguished German surname Holweger 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 Holweger family
The surname Holweger 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 Holweger family.
Early History of the Holweger family
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Holweger 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 Holweger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Holweger family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Holweger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John Holweger, aged 31, who settled in America, in 1903
- Louis Holweger, aged 66, who landed in America, in 1914
Contemporary Notables of the name Holweger (post 1700)
- Hartmut Holweger Ph.D., German Professor in the Department of Astrophysics at the University of Kiel