I Don't know much about low German, however I did touch bases with some relatives in Germany. Our part of the family traces back to about 1700's from Bohemia, which is now part of the Czech republic. A cousin made a copy of a WWII Ahnenpass that everyone had in those days. The various generation lived within about 50km of a town that was then called Dux, now Duchkov.
Another cousin came up with some name definitions:
"wiede" in German, is a topographic name for someone who lived by willow trees, also hunting or pasture land. Also an occupational name for a huntsman. My German cousin got a copy in German of a family crest from a tourist shop("family crests, we have them all") sort of place. The drawing shows a man holding on to a skinny sapling. I have also heard of a more church related meaning.
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