Show ContentsLudlow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Ludlow date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence on a hill beside a babbling river which was later referred to as Ludlow Ludlow is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Early Origins of the Ludlow family

The surname Ludlow was first found in Shropshire at Ludlow, a market town close to the Welsh border and in the Welsh Marches. The first listing of the place name dates back to 1138 where it was listed as Ludelaue and literally meant "hill or tumulus by a rapid," derived from the Old English words hlude + hlaw. [1] Ludlow was called by the Britons Dinam, or "the palace of princes," and by the Saxons Leadlowe, and Ludlowe. One reference claims Robert de Montgomery, kinsman of the Conqueror, fortified the town with walls, and erected most of its stately castle in which he lived until his death in 1094. Yet another reference claims the castle was built by Walter de Lacy in the late 11th century as possession of Ludlow Castle descended through the Lacy family until 1115. Mother Ludlam's Cave or Mother Ludlum's Hole is a small cave in the sandstone cliff of the Wey Valley at Moor Park, near Farnham, Surrey. The earliest record of the place occurs when a monk named Symon found a spring rising in the cave in the 13th century. Mother Ludlam was claimed to be a white witch who lived in the cave. Her cauldron has been kept in Frensham Church nearby for centuries.

Early History of the Ludlow family

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Ludlow Spelling Variations

Ludlow has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Ludlow have been found, including Ludlow, Ludley, Ludloe and others.

Early Notables of the Ludlow family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Roger Ludlow (1590-1664), an English lawyer, magistrate, military officer, and colonist who helped found the Colony of Connecticut, he directed Boston's first fortification, Castle William in 1634; Edmund Ludlow (Ludlowe) (c. 1617-1692), an English parliamentarian, best known for his involvement...
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Ludlow Ranking

In the United States, the name Ludlow is the 9,809th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Ludlow family to Ireland

Some of the Ludlow family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Ludlow migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Ludlows to arrive on North American shores:

Ludlow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Roger and Sara Ludlow, who settled in Nantasket in 1630 with their six children
  • George Ludlow, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630 [3]
  • Roger Ludlow, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630 [3]
  • William Ludlow, who arrived in Connecticut in 1640 [3]
  • Gabriell Ludlow, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [3]
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Ludlow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Ludlow, who arrived in New York with his wife and five children in 1823
  • Archibald Ludlow, who arrived in New York in 1836 [3]
  • Henry Ludlow, aged 27, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [3]
  • L Ludlow, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • E. Ludlow, aged 42, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1892
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Ludlow Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anne M Ludlow, who immigrated to America, in 1909
  • Arthur Ludlow, aged 35, who landed in America from Horwich, England, in 1910
  • Arthur Ludlow, aged 14, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1920
  • Clara Ludlow, aged 2, who immigrated to the United States from Cornwall, England, in 1920
  • Arthur Ludlow, aged 15, who immigrated to the United States, in 1921
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Canada Ludlow migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ludlow Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Col. Gabriel G. Ludlow U.E. born in New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in DeLancey's 3rd Battalion [4]
  • Mr. George Duncan Ludlow U.E. born in New York, USA who settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was a Chief of Justic for New Brunswick [4]

Australia Ludlow migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ludlow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Ludlow, British convict who was convicted in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England for life, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 1st October 1829, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. David Ludlow, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 28th July 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • William Ludlow, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849 [7]

New Zealand Ludlow migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ludlow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Catherine Ludlow, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Victory " arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th October 1863 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ludlow (post 1700) +

  • George Craig Ludlow (1830-1900), American Democratic Party politician, 25th Governor of New Jersey (1881 to 1884)
  • Augustus C. Ludlow (1792-1813), American officer in the United States Navy during the War of 1812, eponym of the USS Ludlow (1808), USS Ludlow (DD-112) and the USS Ludlow (DD-438)
  • Fitz Hugh Ludlow (1836-1870), American author, journalist, and explorer
  • John Malcolm Forbes Ludlow (1821-1911), English social reformer
  • Peter Ludlow (b. 1957), American Professor of philosophy and linguistics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Jayne Louise Ludlow (b. 1979), Welsh football player from Llwynypia, Rhondda
  • Frederick Ludlow (b. 1796), English colonial settler in Western Australia, discoverer of the Capel River
  • Roger Ludlow (1590-1664), one of the founders of the colony of Connecticut, founder of Norwalk in 1651
  • North Ludlow Beamish (1797-1872), Irish military writer and antiquary, son of William Beamish, Esq., of Beaumont House, co. Cork [9]
  • Livingston Ludlow Biddle Jr. (1918-2002), American author and promoter of funding of the arts, 3rd Chairman of National Endowment for the Arts

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • Lloyd David Ludlow (1947-1988), American Army Sergeant First Class from Macksville, Kansas, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [10]

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  10. Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook