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Where did the English Dudman family come from? What is the English Dudman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dudman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dudman family history?

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


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.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat from very early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dudman research. Another 297 words(21 lines of text) covering the year 1066 is included under the topic Early Dudman History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Dudman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Henry Dudman, aged 18, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • John Dudman, who landed in Maryland in 1680

Dudman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Dudman, aged 35, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888


  • Richard Dudman, American journalist
  • George Edward Dudman, Legal Adviser
  • Ven. Robert William Dudman, Archdeacon of Lindsey and Fourth Canon of Lincoln Cathedral


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The Dudman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dudman 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.

This page was last modified on 6 January 2011 at 13:50.

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