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Where did the Welsh Budd family come from? What is the Welsh Budd family crest and coat of arms? When did the Budd family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Budd family history?

A product of the ancient Brythonic Celts of Wales, the name Budd, is from the Old English personal name Budda, which is derived from the word budda, which means beetle. The root meaning of budda is to swell, and the surname Budd may also be a nickname applied to a fat person, or perhaps ironically, to a thin one.


Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Budd has seen various spelling variations: Budd, Budde, Bud, Budds, Bude and others.

First found in Cornwall, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Budd research. Another 277 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1025, 1066, 1135, and 1170 are included under the topic Early Budd History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Budd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Budd:

Budd Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Budd, who arrived in Minnesota in 1632
  • John Budd, who landed in Massachusetts in 1633
  • Jo Budd, aged 15, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • John Budd settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637
  • Giles Budd settled in Virginia in 1639

Budd Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Budd settled in Nevis in 1722
  • Nicolas Budd, who landed in Massachusetts in 1743

Budd Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Catharine Budd, who landed in New York in 1824
  • Andrea Johan Budd, aged 30, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850
  • J R Budd, who landed in San Francisco, Cai in 1850

Budd Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Sandov Budd, who landed in Alabama in 1928


  • Edward Gowen Budd (1870-1946), American inventor and businessman, founder of the Budd company in 1912
  • Harold Budd (b. 1936), American ambient/avant-garde composer
  • Francis Joseph "Frank" Budd (1939-2014), American NFL football wide receiver who played from 1962 to 1963; he was also an Olympic athlete who once held the world record in the 100 yard dash
  • Sir Alan Peter Budd (b. 1937), prominent British economist
  • Bryan James Budd (1977-2006), recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • James Herbert Budd (1851-1908), Governor of California from 1895 until 1899
  • Roy Frederick Budd (1947-1993), British jazz musician
  • Timothy Budd, associate professor of computer science at Oregon State University
  • Hon. Sir Harry Budd, Australian Judge
  • William Budd (1811-1880), English physician



  • Three Centuries of Budds in America by Budd Family Association.

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The Budd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Budd 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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