Lüchau, Luchau, a family´s name with history
My Genealogy-searching about our family´s name Lüchau
started 18 years ago, with a question in a letter from a Luchau family in
That started my interesting detective work. Until that moment I only knew the line ending with my grandparents. Today I know the Lüchau-line until my exact Great---grandfather, born ~1610. He lived in the area of the Northern Germany in the town of Stade, where I live too. In this area are more named Lüchau people back to 1390, but I cannot say how we are related.
I know the first date of the „von Lüchau“ name in 1080, so our family name is nearly 1000 years old.
After I looked for many Luchau-lines and put over 2000 Lüchau-Luchau persons in my file, it shows two town-areas of the Lüchau name-source to me:
1.) The town Groß Löbichau near the town Jena in
East-Germany, is the
2.) The town Lüchow in Wendland and the village
Lüchow in Herzogtum
In the last years I wrote many hundred of pages
and made many vacation trips together with my family to visit a big number
of Luchau-places like:
What is the meaning of the family name Lüchau, Lüchow?
It is a word of the area of the Slawen folk. (Please
don´t mix with the word slave). Today you can find it in the east part of
The ending: „au“or „ow“means place or town. The town Lüchow was written in papers around 1700 as Lüchau too. On old maps in the townhall of Lüneburg you can find the words “ways to Lüchau“.
90% of our name Lüchau your can find in the German part, north of Hannover.
From that area after 1850 you can see many emigrations to the USA, Australia, Columbia.
For Denmark I will say it is not an exact
emigration, because Denmark was near to Hamburg in 1800.
In the English alphabet you can find no „ü“, so
the name changed to:
If someone has a question, please send me an e-mail.
I will try to help you. But I need your help too, because I have to do my normal work in the factory so I have less time.
I will be happy to hear from many different Luchau families.
Best wishes from