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When the Anglo- Normans began to settle in Ireland, they brought the tradition of local surnames to an island which already had a Gaelic naming system of hereditary surnames established. Unlike the Irish, the Anglo- Normans had an affinity for local surnames. Local surnames, such as Ledwidge, were formed from the names of a place or a geographical landmark where the person lived, held land, or was born. The earliest Anglo-Norman surnames of this type came from Normandy, but as the Normans moved, they created names that referred to where they actually resided. Therefore, English places were used for names when the Normans lived in England, and then Irish places after these particular Anglo- Normans had been settled in Ireland for some time. Originally, these place names were prefixed by de, which means from in French. However, this type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname, if the place name began with a vowel, or it was eliminated entirely. The Ledwidge family originally lived in the settlement of Ledwyche in the English county of Shropshire, or in a place called Ledwich or Leftwich in the neighboring county of Cheshire. The surname Ledwidge belongs to the large category of Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Ledwidge Early Origins



The surname Ledwidge was first found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from early times. They are conjecturally descended from Walter de Vernon who was granted the lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They held a family seat at Ledwich or Leftwich in that county.

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Ledwidge Spelling Variations


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Ledwidge Spelling Variations



It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name Ledwidge that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations. The name Ledwidge has existed in the various shapes: Ledwich, Ledwidge, Ledwedge and others.

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Ledwidge Early History


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Ledwidge Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ledwidge research. Another 329 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1200, 1270, 1329, 1598, 1737, 1823, and 1858 are included under the topic Early Ledwidge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ledwidge Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ledwidge Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ledwidge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland resulted in the Great Potato Famine. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Ledwidge:

Ledwidge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ellen and Catherine Ledwidge who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1849
  • Matthew Ledwidge, aged 37, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Gallia" from Liverpool & Queenstown [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6B1-QW5 : 6 December 2014), Matthew Ledwidge, 17 Jan 1893; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Gallia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Mary A. Ledwidge, aged 18, arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "Furnessia" from Londonderry, Ireland [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX3G-D6R : 6 December 2014), Mary A. Ledwidge, 04 Jun 1895; citing departure port Londonderry, arrival port New York, ship name Furnessia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Ledwidge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Christina Ledwidge, aged 28, originally from London, England, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Rotterdam" from Plymouth [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WX-P6B : 6 December 2014), Christina Ledwidge, 20 Oct 1919; citing departure port Plymouth, arrival port New York, ship name Rotterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Christine Eleanor Ledwidge, aged 29, originally from Sown, England, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66K-YMF : 6 December 2014), Christine Eleanor Ledwidge, 16 Apr 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Ledwidge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Francis Ledwidge, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Storm Cloud"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ledwidge (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ledwidge (post 1700)



  • Michael Ledwidge, American author who has co-authored with the best-selling author James Patterson
  • Francis Edward Ledwidge (1887-1917), Irish war poet from County Meath, known as the "poet of the blackbirds," killed in action at the Battle of Passchendaele; he is buried at the Artillery Wood Cemetery, near Boezinge, Belgium
  • Joseph James "Jack" Ledwidge (1877-1953), Irish Gaelic footballer
  • Tom Ledwidge (1911-1986), Australian rules footballer who played with Fitzroy in 1936 and 1938
  • Reginald Ross "Reg" Ledwidge (1922-1977), Australian Test cricket match umpire who umpired three test matches between 1975 and 1977
  • John Ledwidge (b. 1934), former Australian rules footballer who played with South Melbourne (1954-1958)

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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6B1-QW5 : 6 December 2014), Matthew Ledwidge, 17 Jan 1893; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Gallia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX3G-D6R : 6 December 2014), Mary A. Ledwidge, 04 Jun 1895; citing departure port Londonderry, arrival port New York, ship name Furnessia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WX-P6B : 6 December 2014), Christina Ledwidge, 20 Oct 1919; citing departure port Plymouth, arrival port New York, ship name Rotterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66K-YMF : 6 December 2014), Christine Eleanor Ledwidge, 16 Apr 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  5. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Ledwidge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ledwidge 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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