Cudden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Cudden comes from Cuthbert in the patronymic form where it was used as son of Cutt.

Early Origins of the Cudden family

The surname Cudden was first found in Norfolk. The Cowden variant come from Cowden, a small village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent.

Alternatively, the family could have originated at "Cowden in the parish of Dalkeith, Midlothian. There is also a Cowden near Dollar but Cowden near Dalkeith is more probable source of the name." [1]

Early History of the Cudden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cudden research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1634, 1685, 1689, 1550, 1595 and 1599 are included under the topic Early Cudden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cudden Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Cudden has appeared include Cutting, Cudden, Cudding, Cuttin, Cutten, Cuttan, Cuddan, Cuddin, Cuddon, Cuding, Cuting, Cuden, Cutin, Cutine, Cudan, Cudane, Coudan, Couding, Coutting, Coutten, Couttan, Couttin, Cutton and many more.

Early Notables of the Cudden family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Francis Cuttinge (c. 1550-1595/6), English lutenist and composer. He "was one of the most distinguished composers of lute music towards the close of the reign of Elizabeth and the beginning of that of James. Nothing is...
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United States Cudden migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Cudden arrived in North America very early:

Cudden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John, Daniel, Hugh, James Cudden, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1857 and 1868

New Zealand Cudden 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:

Cudden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Cudden, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Sarah Cudden, aged 26, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Cudden (post 1700) +

  • H. H. Cudden, American Republican politician, Chair of Logan County Republican Party, 1952 [2]


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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