The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Dudgens came from the baptismal name Dod,
the short form of Roger.
Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
Early Origins of the Dudgens family
The surname Dudgens was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Dudgens family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dudgens research.Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1214, 1515, 1559, 1546, 1595, 1583, 1639, 1610, 1629, 1651, 1697, 1620, 1674, 1650, 1655, 1656 and are included under the topic Early Dudgens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dudgens Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Dudgens family name include Dodge, Doidge, Doge, Doige, Doddge, Doges, Dodges, Doidges and many more.
Early Notables of the Dudgens family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Leonard Digges (c.1515-c.1559), English mathematician and surveyor, credited with the invention of the theodolite; Sir Thomas Digges (1546-1595), an English mathematician and astronomer; Sir Dudley Digges (c.1583-1639), an English diplomat and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1610 and 1629... Another 69 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dudgens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dudgens family to Ireland
Some of the Dudgens family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dudgens family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Dudgens surname or a spelling variation of the name include: William Dodge who arrived in 1623 on the sailing ship the ".