Ludwig History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Ludwig, were formed in the lands which became the modern German state of Prussia, known for its beauty, industry and military power. However, in the medieval era, Prussia was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia and East Prussia. The Ludwig family emerged in Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the German Unification.

Early Origins of the Ludwig family

The surname Ludwig was first found in Brandenburg, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. "Ludwig" was very popular as a first name through the fame of many kings and princes bearing this name. Indeed, as a first name it can be traced as far back as the West-Franconian "Chlodovech," who was the founder of Frankenreich in 486. Often it was taken as a last name by those who served one of the many King Ludwigs.

Important Dates for the Ludwig family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ludwig research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1700, 1725, 1200, 1227, 1579, 1650, 1813, 1816 and 1895 are included under the topic Early Ludwig History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ludwig Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ludwig, Ludwick, Luedwick, Ludwich, Lutwich, Lutwig, Lutwick, Ludewig and many more.

Early Notables of the Ludwig family (pre 1700)

Prominent bearers of the family name Ludwig at this time were Count Ludwig von Thuringia, of the Ludowinger dynasty (1200-1227), known as Ludwig the Holy, who was the son of the Landgrave Hermann and the husband of St. Elisabeth. He died on the way to the crusades...
Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ludwig Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ludwig migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ludwig Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anton Ludwig, who settled in America in 1709
  • Andreas Ludwig, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Heinrich Ludwig, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Henrich Ludwig, who landed in New York in 1709-1710 [1]
  • Johan Ludwig, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Ludwig Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Casp Coenr Ludwig, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Hein Vinci Ludwig, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Peter Ludwig, aged 33, who landed in South America in 1828 [1]
  • Nicholas Ludwig, who landed in Maryland in 1834 [1]
  • John Philip Ludwig, aged 25, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Ludwig Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Eva Margaretha Jager Ludwig, aged 45, who landed in America in 1906 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ludwig (post 1700)

  • Edmund V. Ludwig (1928-2016), American jurist, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1997-2016)
  • John Ludwig, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1888; Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, 1894 [2]
  • Gustav Ludwig, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Swinemünde, 1905 [2]
  • G. M. Ludwig, American Republican politician, Member of Iowa State House of Representatives from Johnson County; Elected 1950 [2]
  • Frank Ludwig, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New Hampshire, 1916 [2]
  • Clara L. Ludwig, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Iowa, 1972 [2]
  • Christian Ludwig, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1896 [2]
  • Charles R. Ludwig, American Democrat politician, Chair of Berks County Democratic Party, 1927 [2]
  • Billy Jack Ludwig, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Dallas, Texas, 1999 [2]
  • Bernard Ludwig, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1952 [2]
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Ludwig family

Bismarck
  • Kurt Ludwig (1915-1941), German Matrosenhauptgefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
  • Franz Ludwig (1920-1941), German Matrosenobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
  • Hans Ludwig (1921-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
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