Ludwig Family History

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Ludwig Name Meaning

German and Dutch: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hlod ‘fame’ + wig ‘war’. This was the name of the founder of the Frankish dynasty, recorded in Latin chronicles as Chlodovechus (see Louis), and Ludovicus, which became German Ludwig. This became a hereditary name in the Wittelsbach family, the royal family of Bavaria.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Ludwin, Ludwick, Rudi, Litwin, Ludewig, Ludin, Ladwig, Lustig, Ladig

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Ludwig Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ludwig name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ludwig. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Ludwig Family Origin

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Ludwig Family Occupations

What did your Ludwig ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Ludwig family was Carpenter. The most common Ludwig occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Ludwig's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ludwig.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Ludwig ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Ludwig Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 100,000 census records available for the last name Ludwig. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ludwig census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 89,000 immigration records available for the last name Ludwig. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 33,000 military records available for the last name Ludwig. For the veterans among your Ludwig ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ludwig Life Expectancy

What is the average Ludwig lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Ludwig life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Ludwig in 1943 was 47, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ludwig ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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