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The Welsh name Tudor comes from the personal name Tudur, an ancient Celtic name of unknown meaning. It is thought that the name, especially the form Tewdwr, may have also emerged as a Welsh version of the Latin Theodorus.


The surname Tudor was first found in Herefordshire, where Tudor Trevor was Lord of Hereford, Whittington, and both Maelors. He was founder of the Tribe of the Marches, born in Denbigh, son of Ynyr Ap Cadforch, whose descendants intermarried with the distinguished families of North Wales.

Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Tudor has occasionally been spelled Tudor, Tudyr Tuder, Tudar and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tudor research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1406, 1400, 1411, 1400, 1401, 1486, 1502, 1499, 1500, 1503 and 1503 are included under the topic Early Tudor History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 505 words (36 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tudor 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 Tudor:

Tudor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Lewis Tudor settled in New England in 1654
  • Owen Tudor, who arrived in Maryland in 1677
  • Richard Tudor and his wife Mary, two children and servants, settled in Barbados in 1678

Tudor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Z Tudor, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • C. Tudor, aged 30, who emigrated to America, in 1897

Tudor Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bella Tudor, aged 32, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Albert Edward Tudor, aged 31, who emigrated to America from Wrexham, in 1905
  • Bella Tudor, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Greenock, Scotland, in 1907
  • Benjamin Tudor, aged 15, who landed in America from Stoke on Trent, England, in 1907
  • Amelia Tudor, aged 10, who settled in America from Stoke on Trent, England, in 1907

Tudor Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mary Tudor, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750


  • Tasha Tudor (1915-2008), American illustrator and author of children's books, Caldecott Honors winner for Mother Goose in 1945
  • William Tudor (1779-1830), American co-founder of the North American Review and the Boston Athenaeum
  • William Tudor (1750-1819), American wealthy lawyer of Boston, father of Frederic Tudor
  • Frederic Tudor (1783-1864), American businessman, known as Boston's "Ice King", founder of the Tudor Ice Company
  • John Thomas Tudor (b. 1954), American left-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • David Eugene Tudor (1926-1996), American pianist and composer of experimental music
  • Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Hugh Tudor KCB CMG (1871-1965), British junior officer in the Second Boer War (1899-1902), and senior officer in the First World War (1914-1918)
  • Mr. Alfred Tudor, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Shane Anthony Tudor (b. 1982), English former footballer
  • John Tudor (b. 1946), English former footballer



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