Usage: Ludwig is a popular first name. It is more often used as a boy (male) name.
People having the name Ludwig are in general originating from Austria, France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States of America.
For another variant of the name Ludwig across the world, see Clovis.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 4.
The name Ludwig is ranked on the 8,668th position of the most used names. It means that this name is commonly used.
We estimate that there are at least 14200 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.001% of the population.
The name Ludwig has six characters. It means that it is relatively medium-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Ludwig for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
History and Origin
Ludwig is an Old High German given name. Etymologically, the name can be traced back to the Germanic name Hludwig, composed of Hlud or Hluth meaning “famous”, and Wig meaning “war”. Nicknames are Ludva, Ludia, Luděk, Viky.
Ludwig may refer to several notable persons:
- Ludwig Mestler, an Austrian artist noted for his watercolor painting
- Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, a German painter and printmaker
- Ludwig Merwart, an Austrian painter and graphic artist
- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a German American architect
- Ludwig Reichenbach, a German botanist
- Carl Ludwig Blume, a German-Dutch botanist
- Carl Ludwig Willdenow, a German botanist
- Ludwig von Mises, an Austrian economist
- Ludwig Roselius, a German coffee baron
In German nobility:
- Ludwig I, count of Württemberg (1143–1158)
- Ludwig II, count of Württemberg (1158–1181)
- Ludwig I, count of Württemberg-Urach (1419–1450)
- Ludwig II, count of Württemberg-Urach (1450–1457)
- Ludwig IV, landgrave of Thuringia (1200–1227)
- Ludwig I of Bavaria, king of Bavaria (1825–1848)
- Ludwig II of Bavaria, king of Bavaria (1864–1886)
- Ludwig III of Bavaria, last king of Bavaria (1913–1918)
- Nicolaus Ludwig Zinzendorf, count of Zinzendorf and Pottendorf (1700–1760)
- Ludwig IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine (1877–1892) (also known in English as Louis IV)
- Emil Ludwig, a German writer
- Ludwig Bemelmans, an American author and children’s book writer and illustrator
- Ludwig Thoma, a German author
- Ludwig Tieck, a German poet
- Ludwig Uhland, a German poet
- Ludwig Aschoff, a German physician and pathologist
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), German composer and pianist
- Ludwig-Musser, manufacturer of drums and percussion instruments
- Ludwig Minkus, an Austrian composer and violin virtuoso
- Ludwig Spohr (1784–1859), German composer, violinist and conductor.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian philosopher who contributed several ground-breaking works to contemporary philosophy
- Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach, a German philosopher
In physics and chemistry:
- Ludwig Boltzmann, an Austrian physicist
- Ludwig Prandtl, a German physicist
- Ludwig Mond, a German chemist
- Ludwig Erhard, a West German chancellor
- Ludwig Scotty, president of Nauru
- Count Ludwig von Cobenzl, an Austrian diplomat and politician
In other fields:
- Ludwig Beck, a German general in Nazi Germany, who was involved in an assassination plot against Hitler
- Carl Ludwig Koch, a German entomologist
- Ludwig Müller, leader of the Protestant Reich Church
- Ludwig Leichhardt, a Prussian explorer
- Ludwig Ortiz, a Venezuelan judoka
- Ludwig Rödl, a German chess master
- Ludwig von Benedek, an Austrian general
- Ludwig von Erlichshausen, grand master of the Teutonic Knights
- Ludwig Gehre, a German resistance fighter during World War II
- Ludwig Binswanger, a Swiss psychiatrist
- Ludwig Schläfli, a Swiss geometer who made important contributions to higher-dimensional spaces
- Ludwig von Bertalanffy, an Austrian-born biologist known as one of the founders of general systems theory.
- Ludwig, Elephant at the Munich Zoo
German: from an old Germanic personal name composed of the elements hlud fame + wīg warrior. It is thus etymologically the same as French Louis. Ludwig was a royal and imperial name, especially in Bavaria, which Louis the German (Ludwig der Deutsche) had received as his portion of his father's empire when the latter divided it in 817. See also Louis, Ludovic.
Cognates: Scandinavian: Ludvig. Dutch: Lodewijk. Polish: +udwik. Czech: Ludvík. Hungarian: Lajos. French: Louis.
Pet form: German: Lutz.
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