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The name Hudson has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the name Hudd, a pet form of both Hugh and Richard.   The surname Hudson features the patronymic suffix -son, which was most common in the north of England and superseded other patronymic suffixes in popularity during the 14th century.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hudson include Hudson, Hutson and others.
First found in Yorkshire where one of the first records of the name was John Hudsone, Hutson who was listed in the Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield in 1323.  The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Johannes Hudson; Johannes Hudeson; and Adam Huddeson.  There are numerous entries for the name further north in Scotland. One of the first on record there was James Hudson, a charter witness in Kelso in 1466. John Hudsone and Willie Hutson were tenants on land of the Abbey of Kelso in 1567.  The castle of Woodcroft in Etton, Northampton was the scene of a rather gruesome event of one of the family. "Castle Woodcroft, is said to have been the scene of the murder of Dr. Hudson, chaplain of Charles I., who was forced over the battlements by the parliamentarian forces stationed here, who, hacking with their swords the hands by which he endeavoured to cling to the walls, caused him to fall into the moat beneath, where he was instantly put to death. The castle has been restored by Earl Fitzwilliam; the tower from which Dr. Hudson was thrown, and the moat in which he was killed, are still entire." 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hudson research. Another 449 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1766, 1766, 1567, 1660, 1637, 1612, 1560, 1611, 1619, 1682, 1662, 1719, 1615 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Hudson History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 139 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hudson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Hudson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Robert Hudson, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
- Edward Hudson, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624
- William Hudson, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1631
- Suzan Hudson, aged 20, landed in St Christopher in 1634
- Francis Hudson, aged 36, landed in St Christopher in 1635
Hudson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Susannah Hudson, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
- Roger Hudson, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
- Susana Hudson, who landed in Virginia in 1706
- Susanah Hudson, who arrived in Virginia in 1718
- Hannah Hudson, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1730
Hudson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Elizabeth Hudson, aged 22, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
- Hy Hudson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
- Michael Hudson, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1852
- Joe Hudson, aged 14, landed in New York in 1854
- Henry Hudson, who landed in Arkansas in 1882
Hudson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Ann Hudson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Richd Hudson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Mr. Barney Hudson U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 364 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York
Hudson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Hudson, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin
- Patrick Hudson, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin
- George R Hudson, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
Hudson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Hudson, British convict from Barbadoes, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- James Hudson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Thomas Hudson, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Joseph Hudson a plasterer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
- Jane Hudson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838
Hudson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Hudson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
- William Hudson, aged 27, a cabinet maker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
- Elizabeth Hudson, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
- Hanry Hudson, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
- Elizabeth Ann Hudson, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
- Melina Kristina Hudson (1972-1988), American Student from Albany, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
- Captain William Levereth Hudson USN (1794-1862), United States Navy officer
- Timothy Adam "Tim" Hudson (b. 1975), American Major League Baseball pitcher with the Atlanta Braves
- Saul Hudson (b. 1965), better known by his stage name Slash, English musician and songwriter, best known as the former lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012
- Joseph Lowthian Hudson (1846-1912), English-born, American merchant who founded the Hudson's department store, Detroit and providing the seed capital for the Hudson Motor Car Company in 1909
- Rock Hudson (1925-1985), born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr., legendary American four-time Golden Globe Award winning actor, best known for his comedic roles with Doris Day
- Kate Hudson (b. 1979), American Oscar-nominated actress
- Ernie Hudson (b. 1945), American actor and playwright
- Brett Hudson (b. 1953), American musician, singer, and songwriter, one of the Hudson Brothers
- Josephine Lisa Hudson (1966-1988), English Nurse from London, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
- Della Elizabeth Butler Hudson Be.
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The Hudson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hudson 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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