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Where did the English Dudley family come from? What is the English Dudley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dudley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dudley family history?The Anglo-Saxon name Dudley comes from when the family resided in the important town of Dudley in the county of Worcestershire. The name of this town was originally derived from the Old English personal name Dudda and the Old English word leah, which means woodland clearing; thus it means Dudda's glade. The surname Dudley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Dudley has been recorded under many different variations, including Dudley, Dudlie, Dudly and others.
First found in Worcestershire at Dudley, a town that dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Dudelei. Dudley Castle was listed there and at that time Earl Edwin held the manor also located there. Dudley and much of the surrounding area was held by William fitzAnsculf and was part of the Came Hundred. Today Dudley Castle is a ruined castle but has a visitor's center that was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in June 1994.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dudley research. Another 693 words(50 lines of text) covering the years 1225, 1379, 1547, 1553, 1531, 1558, 1561, 1588, 1462, 1510, 1504, 1553, 1550, 1553, 1576, 1653, 1600, 1684, 1647, 1720, 1686, 1597, 1670, 1661, 1721 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Dudley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 323 words(23 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dudley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Dudley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Dudley or a variant listed above:
Dudley Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Dudley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Dudley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Dudley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dudley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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