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

The surname Rudd is derived from the Old English root "rud-," a component in the words "rudig," which means "ruddy," and "ruddoc," which means "red-breast." The surname was originally a nickname for a ruddy complexioned or red-haired person, or perhaps for someone who habitually wore the color red. The surname Rudd may also be a local name derived from residence "at the rood;" that is, residence near a crossroads.


The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Rudd have included Rudd, Wrudd, Rutt, Rud, Rut, Roud, Routt, Ruttle and others.

First found in Carmarthenshire (Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin), located in Southwest Wales, one of thirteen historic counties and presently one of the principal area in Wales, where they held a family seat from very ancient times; some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rudd research. Another 254 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rudd History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Rudd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 206 words(15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North America. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Rudd were found:

Rudd Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Nathaniel Rudd, who landed in Maryland in 1661
  • John Rudd, who landed in Maryland in 1670
  • Mary Rudd, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Elizabeth Rudd settled in Delaware in 1682
  • John and Abraham Rudd, who settled in Virginia in 1698

Rudd Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • William Rudd, who landed in Jamaica in 1706
  • Thomas Rudd, who arrived in South Carolina in 1711-1712

Rudd Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Rudd, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Grace Rudd, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Amos, Isaac, Michael, Richard, Thomas, and William Rudd all arrived in Philadelphia between 1775 and 1850
  • Daniel Rudd, aged 30, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864


  • Dwayne Rudd (b. 1976), American NFL football linebacker
  • Mark Rudd (b. 1947), American educator and anti-war activist
  • Paul Rudd, American film and stage actor
  • Ricky Rudd (b. 1956), American NASCAR driver
  • Roswell Rudd (b. 1935), AmericanGrammy Award-nominated jazz trombonist
  • Kevin Michael Rudd (b. 1957), Australian politician, 26th Prime Minister of Australia from 2007 to 2010
  • Xavier Rudd, Australian folk musician
  • G T Rudd, former English entomologist
  • Sir Nigel Rudd (b. 1946), English fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • John Rudd (b. 1981), English rugby union footballer from London



  • The Landings Scatter by Helen Greenli Swenson.
  • Rudd-Pollard-Youngblood and Related Families by Margaret Rudd Youngblood.
  • Some Ancestors and Descendants of Joseph Rudd, Jr., 1740-1818, and his Wife, Sarah Story, 1744-1842, of Bennington, Vermont by Dorothy Rudd DuMond.

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