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The name of Cudmore is Celtic in origin, arising from the rugged landscape of Wales. The name is directly derived from when the Cudmore family lived on Cudmore Farm in Barapton, in the county of Devon. Alternatively, the name could have originated in Codmore Farm in Pulborough, Sussex. [1]

The surname Cudmore belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Cudmore family

The surname Cudmore was first found in West Sussex, England where John de Codmere was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. Much later we found John Codmer in Devon in 1642. [1]

Early History of the Cudmore family

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Cudmore 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. As a result, 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 Cudmore name over the years has been spelled Cudmore, Cadmore, Cadmoor, Cudmoor, Goodmore, Cudmor, Goodmer, Goodmoir and many more.

Early Notables of the Cudmore family

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was

  • Richard Cudmore, born at Chichester in West Sussex in 1787, and received his first instruction in music from James Forgett, an organist in that city...
  • Cudmore died at Manchester in January 1841[2]...

Ireland Migration of the Cudmore family to Ireland

Some of the Cudmore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Cudmore migration to the United States +

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 Cudmore:

Cudmore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Cudmore, a bonded passenger who arrived in Virginia in 1750
Cudmore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Cudmore, who was naturalized in Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1830
  • John Cudmore, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1830 [3]
  • Daniel Cudmore, who arrived in New York, NY in 1832
  • Anne Cudmore, who settled in Detroit in 1854
Cudmore Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Collier Robert Cudmore, aged 24, who settled in America from London, England, in 1910
  • Ferderick William Cudmore, aged 22, who landed in America from London, England, in 1911
  • Henry Cudmore, aged 29, who landed in America from Torrington, England, in 1911
  • Gladys Cudmore, aged 8, who landed in America from Torrington, England, in 1912
  • Elizabeth Cudmore, aged 33, who immigrated to the United States from Torrington, England, in 1912
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Canada Cudmore migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cudmore Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Harold Cudmore, aged 38, who settled in London Ontario, Canada, in 1913

Australia Cudmore migration to Australia +

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

Cudmore Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Harris Cudmore, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • Miss Charlotte Cudmore, (Cutmore), English convict who was convicted in Colchester, Essex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Emma Eugenia" on 22nd January 1846, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Pat. Cudmore, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Surge" [6]
  • James Cudmore, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Surge" [6]
  • Mary Cudmore, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Surge" [6]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Cudmore (post 1700) +

  • Alexander Cudmore (1888-1944), American silver medalist soccer player at the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • J. Homer Cudmore, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 16th District, 1934, 1936 [7]
  • Elizabeth J. Cudmore, American Republican politician, Member of New York Republican State Committee, 1930 [7]
  • Byron G. Cudmore, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois, 1993 [7]
  • Richard Cudmore (1787-1840), English musician, born at Chichester in 1787 who developed a talent for music at a very early age [8]
  • Sedley Anthony Cudmore B.A. M.A., (1878-1945), Canadian economist, Canada's second Dominion Statistician
  • Leah Renee Cudmore (b. 1985), Canadian actress and singer
  • Sir Collier Robert Cudmore (1885-1971), Australian lawyer, politician, gold medalist rower at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • Daniel Cudmore (b. 1981), Canadian actor from British Columbia, best known for his role as Colossus in the X-Men movies
  • Jamie Cudmore (b. 1978), Canadian rugby union player
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  2. Grove, Sir George, A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (AD. 1450-1889) London: Macmillan1902, Print, 2 Vols
  3. 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)
  4. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 4th April 2022).
  6. South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURGE 1852. Retrieved
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from
  8. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook