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Where did the Welsh Cudmore family come from? What is the Welsh Cudmore family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cudmore family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cudmore family history?

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 Bampton, in the county of Devon. 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.


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.

First found in Devon, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cudmore research. Another 246 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1200 and 1618 are included under the topic Early Cudmore History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Cudmore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Cudmore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 138 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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
  • 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 Robt. 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 emigrated to the United States from Torrington, England, in 1912

Cudmore Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Harold Cudmore, aged 38, who settled in London Ontario, Canada, in 1913

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, Austraila
  • Pat. Cudmore, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Surge"
  • James Cudmore, aged 26, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Surge"
  • Mary Cudmore, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Surge"
  • Anne Cudmore, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Surge"


  • Alexander Cudmore (1888-1944), American silver medalist soccer player at the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • Derek George Cudmore, Governor of the British Virgin Islands from 1971 to 1974
  • Jamie Cudmore (b. 1978), Canadian rugby union player
  • Daniel Cudmore (b. 1981), Canadian actor from British Columbia, best known for his role as Colossus in the X-Men movies
  • Sir Collier Robert Cudmore (1885-1971), Australian lawyer, politician, gold medalist rower at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • Leah Renee Cudmore (b. 1985), Canadian actress and singer
  • Sedley Anthony Cudmore B.A. M.A., (1878-1945), Canadian economist, Canada's second Dominion Statistician


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