Dudderege History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Dudderege is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived close to a region called Dodda's ridge. The name is derived from the local of Dodridge, likely in Devon or the southwest country. [1]

Early Origins of the Dudderege family

The surname Dudderege was first found in Devon where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Richard de Doderig as holding lands there at that time. Later Richard Doderugge was listed in Devon in 1353. [2]

Early History of the Dudderege family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dudderege research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1218, 1555, 1628, 1650, 1621, 1625, 1610, 1666, 1646, 1656 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Dudderege History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dudderege Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Dudderege has been spelled many different ways, including Dodderidge, Doderidge, Dodderige, Doderige, Dotteridge and many more.

Early Notables of the Dudderege family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir John Doddridge (1555-1628), an English lawyer, justice of the king's bench, Member of Parliament. He was son of Richard Doddridge, merchant, of Barnstaple. [3] Pentecost Dodderidge (died 1650), was an English...
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Migration of the Dudderege family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Duddereges to arrive in North America: Davie Dodderidge who settled in Barbados in 1635; along with Jarvis and Thomas; George Dodderidge settled in Virginia in 1670 along with John; Thomas Dodderidge settled in Virginia in 1635..



  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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