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Where did the English Scudder family come from? When did the Scudder family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Scudder family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Scudder, Skudder, Skutter, Scutter and others.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scudder research. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Scudder History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Scudder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Scudder Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Scudder, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1635
  • John Scudder, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1647

Scudder Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • M S Scudder, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • A Scudder, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855

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  • Janet Scudder (1869-1940), American sculptor
  • Rev. Dr. John Scudder (1793-1855), the first American medical missionary in India
  • Mark Scudder, American musician
  • Scott Scudder (b. 1968), American former Major Legaue Baseball player
  • Samuel Hubbard Scudder (1837-1911), American entomologist and palaeontologist
  • Richard Betts Scudder (1913-2012), American newspaper publisher, journalist, co-founder of the MediaNews Group
  • Tredwell Scudder (1778-1834), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York
  • Laura Clough Scudder (1881-1959), American entrepreneur who made and sold potato chips, first to package potato chips in sealed bags to extend freshness
  • Henry Joel Scudder (1825-1886), American politician, United States Representative from New York
  • Hubert Baxter Scudder, American politician, U.S. Representative from California


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  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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