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Where did the English Dudly family come from? What is the English Dudly family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dudly family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dudly family history?The name Dudly is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived 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 Dudly belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Dudly are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Dudly include: 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dudly research. Another 693 words(50 lines of text) covering the years 1225, 1379, 1547, 1553, 1531, 1558, 1561, 1588, 1600 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Dudly History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 67 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dudly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Dudly 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.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Dudly or a variant listed above:
Dudly Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Dudly Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The Dudly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dudly 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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