Cudworthay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Cudworthay family
The surname Cudworthay was first found in either Cudworth, a parish, in the union of Chard, hundred of South Petherton, W. division of Somerset or Cudworth, a township, in the parish of Royston, wapentake of Staincross in the West Riding of Yorkshire. 
The Somerset parish seems to be the oldest as it is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Cudeworde. 
The first record of the family was that of William de Cudewurth who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1243. Over one hundred years later, John de Cudworth was listed in Lancashire in 1384. 
The Harleian Manuscripts held in the archives of the British Museum list Cudworth of Werneth of Lancashire in MS 1437 (folio 81) and others.
There are two thoughts as to the etymology of the name. The first claims the name is "from Cud or Coit, a wood, and worth, a place, a dwelling - the farm or dwelling in the wood,"  and the second claims the name was derived from an "enclosure of a man called Cuda," from the Old English personal name + "worth." 
Early History of the Cudworthay family
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Cudworthay Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Cudworth, Cutworth, Cudworthy, Cutworthy, Goodworth, Goodworthy, Gutworth and many more.
Early Notables of the Cudworthay family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Ralph Cudworth (1617-1688), an English philosopher, the leader of the Cambridge Platonists. He was "born at Aller, Somersetshire, in 1617. His father, Dr. Ralph Cudworth (d. 1624), had been fellow of...
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Migration of the Cudworthay family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
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