Dudman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Dudman is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the short form of Rodger or Roger.

Early Origins of the Dudman family

The surname Dudman was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from very early times. The name dates back to the Exon Domesday where a class of men were called Dodomanni, later to be known as Dodeman and Deudman. [1] Dudman was an ancient personal name implying quality or some employment. Goduin filius Dudeman was the first on record of the family having been listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 in Kent. About ten years later, Goduine Dudumani was listed ay Bury in Suffolk c. 1095 and later Dudeman was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Cornwall in 1206. Thomas, Walter and John Dudeman were all listed in London in 1199 and Gilbert Dodeman was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1275. [2] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the following: Henry Dodeman in Wiltshire; William Dodeman in Huntingdonshire; and Peter Dodeman in Kent. [3]

Early History of the Dudman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dudman research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 106 and 1066 are included under the topic Early Dudman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dudman Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Dudman include Dodman, Doddman, Duddman, Dudman, Doidman and many more.

Early Notables of the Dudman family (pre 1700)

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United States Dudman migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Dudman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Dudman, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Henry Dudman, aged 18, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • John Dudman, who landed in Maryland in 1680 [4]

New Zealand Dudman migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dudman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Dudman, aged 35, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888

Contemporary Notables of the name Dudman (post 1700) +

  • Richard Beebe Dudman (1918-2017), American journalist who spent 31 years with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Ven. Robert William Dudman, English prelate, Archdeacon of Lindsey and Fourth Canon of Lincoln Cathedral
  • Vic Dudman (1935-2009), Australian logician and teacher of logic
  • Roger Alan Dudman (d. 1990), British politician, Mayor of Oxford (England) between 1985 and 1986
  • Nick Dudman, British seven-time BAFTA Award nominated, two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated make-up effects and creature designer for motion pictures, bets known for his work on the Harry Potter films
  • Leonard Dudman (1933-2004), Scottish international cricketer
  • Graham Dudman (b. 1963), British current Managing Editor of The Sun newspaper

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Caleb A W Dudman (b. 1913), English Mechanician 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Harwich, Essex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [5]


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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