The German surname Ludwig comes from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hlod meaning “fame’ and wigmeaning “war.” This was the name of the founder of the Frankish dynasty, recorded in Latin chronicles as Chlodovechus andLudovicus, which became German Ludwig. This became a hereditary name in the Wittelsbach family, the royal family of Bavaria. The name is first recorded in medieval documents in the year 1200. In the New World the earliest arrival with the name was in 1709 when Andreas Ludwig arrived in New York from Bremen Germany. Today there are approximately 22,000 bearers of the name Ludwig living in the United States.
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