Budd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Budd family

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

Early History of the Budd family

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Budd Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Budd family (pre 1700)

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Budd Ranking

In the United States, the name Budd is the 5,011st most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States Budd migration to the United States +

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 United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Budd, who arrived in Minnesota in 1632 [2]
  • John Budd, who landed in Massachusetts in 1633 [2]
  • Jo Budd, aged 15, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • John Budd, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637
  • Giles Budd, who settled in Virginia in 1639
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Budd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Budd, who settled in Nevis in 1722
  • Nicolas Budd, who landed in Massachusetts in 1743 [2]
Budd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Catharine Budd, who landed in New York in 1824 [2]
  • Andrea Johan Budd, aged 30, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850 [2]
  • J R Budd, who landed in San Francisco, Cai in 1850 [2]
  • Mr. Richard Budd, (b. 1808), aged 43, Cornish carpenter departing from Penzance aboard the ship "Mecca" arriving in the United States on 31 July 1851 [3]
  • Mr. William Thomas Budd, (b. 1835), aged 16, Cornish settler departing from Penzance aboard the ship "Mecca" arriving in the United States on 31 July 1851 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Budd Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Sandov Budd, who landed in Alabama in 1928 [2]

Canada Budd migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Budd Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ezekial Budd, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Samuel Budd, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Ezekiel Budd, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Israel Budd, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Samuel Budd, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Budd migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Budd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Budd, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Eliza Budd, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [5]
  • Harriet Budd, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • Richard Budd, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • Robert Budd, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Budd migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Budd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Emma Budd, (b. 1863), aged Infant, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [9]
  • Mrs. Emma Budd, (b. 1842), aged 21, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [9]
  • Mr. William Budd, (b. 1842), aged 21, British farm labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Budd (post 1700) +

  • Harold Montgomory Budd (1936-2020), American avant-garde composer and poet
  • William H. De Wolf Budd, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Venice, 1884 [10]
  • William H. Budd, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 14th District, 1906 [10]
  • William H. Budd, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County 3rd District, 1849 [10]
  • Wayne A. Budd, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, 1989-93 [10]
  • Rick Budd, American politician, Member of Nebraska unicameral legislature 2nd District; Elected 1966 [10]
  • Paul C. Budd, American politician, Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, 1862-63, 1864-67 [10]
  • Oscar Budd, American politician, First Selectman of Weston, Connecticut, 1904 [10]
  • Oliver H. Budd, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schuyler County, 1896-97 [10]
  • Marlene Budd, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996 [10]
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Prince of Wales colliery
  • Mr. Henry Budd (b. 1859), Welsh coal miner who was working at the Prince of Wales Colliery in Abercarn, Wales on the 11th September 1878 when there was a coal mine explosion; he died [11]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Robert Emile Budd, American Fireman Second Class from Kentucky, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [12]


Suggested Readings for the name Budd +

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

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  5. ^ State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARINER 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Mariner.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Entombed in flood and flame (retrieved 3rd August 2021). Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20120603025705/http://www.crosskeys.me.uk/history/prince.htm
  12. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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