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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.

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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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ludwig research. Another 305 words (22 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.

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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.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ludwig Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anton Ludwig, who came to America in 1709
  • Andreas Ludwig, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Heinrich Ludwig, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Henrich Ludwig, who landed in New York in 1709-1710
  • Johan Ludwig, who landed in New York in 1709
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Ludwig Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Casp Coenr Ludwig, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Hein Vinci Ludwig, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Peter Ludwig, aged 33, landed in South America in 1828
  • Nicholas Ludwig, who landed in Maryland in 1834
  • John Philip Ludwig, aged 25, arrived in Missouri in 1840
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Ludwig Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Eva Margaretha Jager Ludwig, aged 45, landed in America in 1906
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  • Edmund V. Ludwig (1928-2016), American jurist, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1997-2016)
  • William H. Ludwig, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 7th District, 1944
  • Walter Ludwig, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 3rd District, 1938
  • R. J. Ludwig, American politician, Burgess of Bellevue, Pennsylvania, 1960
  • Ruby E. Ludwig, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1968
  • Oscar Cross Ludwig, American Democrat politician, Secretary of State of Arkansas, 1905-10; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1908
  • Milton Ludwig, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Hamburg, Pennsylvania, 1877-78
  • Joseph Lafayette Ludwig (1909-1988), American Republican politician, Physician; Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1960 (alternate), 1964
  • John Ludwig, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1888; Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, 1894
  • Gustav Ludwig, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Swinemünde, 1905
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    Other References

    1. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    4. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    5. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    6. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    7. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    10. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
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    The Ludwig Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ludwig 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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