Budds History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A product of the ancient Brythonic Celts of Wales, the name Budds, 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 Budds may also be a nickname applied to a fat person, or perhaps ironically, to a thin one.

Early Origins of the Budds family

The surname Budds 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 Budds family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Budds research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1025, 1066, 1135, and 1170 are included under the topic Early Budds History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Budds Spelling Variations

Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Budds name over the years has been spelled Budd, Budde, Bud, Budds, Bude and others.

Early Notables of the Budds family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Budds family

The Welsh began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Budds: Giles Budd settled in Virginia in 1639; John Budd settled in New Jersey in 1678; John Budd settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637; Thomas Budd settled in Nevis in 1722.


Contemporary Notables of the name Budds (post 1700) +

  • Michael Joseph Budds (1947-2020), American musicologist, and longtime professor, at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri


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