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The ancient history of the Dudding name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in Doddington, a place name found at many locations throughout England. The name is made up of the Old English personal name Dodda, an Old English word that meant "enclosure," or "farm" and tun, which meant "town." Thus the original meaning of this place name was Dodda's farm or Dodda's town.
The surname Dudding was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Dudding include Dodington, Doddington, Doddingston and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dudding research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1662, 1720, 1715, 1720, 1715, 1720, 1705, 1707, 1707, 1708, 1707, 1713, 1708 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Dudding History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dudding Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dudding or a variant listed above: John Doddington arrived in Georgia in 1773.
The Dudding Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dudding 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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