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Ladwig Coat of Arms / Ladwig Family Crest

Ladwig Coat of Arms / Ladwig Family Crest

The surname of LADWIG is a baptismal name 'the son of Louis or Lewis', an ancient and still popular font name. This was the name of the founder of the Frankish dynasty, recorded in Latin chronicles as Ludovicus. The name was popular throughout France in the Middle Ages, and was introduced into England by the Normans. On the continent it was a hereditary name borne by many French kings. The name is also spelt LUDWIG, LUDL, LOSEL, LOHDE, LAJOS, LUTSCH, LOUIS, LUDOVICO, LUISI, LUISO, LOUIST, LUDE, LOHDE and LOSSMAN to name but a few. The earliest French hereditary surnames are found in the 12th century, at more or less the same time as they arose in England, but they are by no means common before the 13th century, and it was not until the 15th century that they stabilized to any great extent; before then a surname might be handed down for two or three generations, but then abandoned in favour of another. In the south, many French surnames have come in from Italy over the centuries, and in Northern France, Germanic influence can often be detected. The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. Notables of the name include LUDWIG I (1786-1868) king of Bavaria, born in Strasbourg, he came to the throne in 1825, and by his lavish expenditure on pictures, public buildings and favourites, and by taxes and reactionary policy, provoked active discontent in 1830, and again in 1848, when he abdicated in favour of his son Maximilian II. LUDWIG II (1845-86) king of Bavaria, son of Maximillian II, was born in Nymphenburg. He succeeded in 1864 and devoted himself to the patronage of Wagner and his music, and offered the imperial crown to Willelm I, though he took no part in the war and lived the life of a recluse. He was constantly at feud with his minsters and family, mainly on account of his outlays on superfluous palaces and was declared insane in 1886. A few days later he was found drowned, and it is not known whether his death was suicide, murder or accident.

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