name Dudor comes from the personal name
Tudur, an ancient Celtic name of unknown meaning. It is thought that the name, especially the form Tewdwr, may have also emerged as a Welsh
version of the Latin Theodorus.
Early Origins of the Dudor family
The surname Dudor was first found in Herefordshire
, where Tudor Trevor was Lord of Hereford, Whittington, and both Maelors. He was founder of the Tribe of the Marches, born in Denbigh, son of Ynyr Ap Cadforch, whose descendants intermarried with the distinguished families of North Wales.
Early History of the Dudor family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dudor research.Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1406, 1400, 1411, 1400, 1401, 1486, 1502, 1499, 1500, 1503 and 1503 are included under the topic Early Dudor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dudor Spelling Variations
Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh
surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh
society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales
could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Dudor has seen various spelling variations: Tudor, Tudyr Tuder, Tudar and others.
Early Notables of the Dudor family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Maredydd ap Tudur (Meredith Tudor) (died 1406), Welsh
soldier and nobleman from the Tudor family of Penmynydd and Owen Tudor's father, supported the 1400 Welsh
uprising of his first cousin Owain Glyndwr, following the demise of Glyndwr's revolt, much of the... Another 212 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dudor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dudor family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Dudor: Richard Tudor and his wife Mary, two children and servants, settled in Barbados in 1678; Lewis
Tudor settled in New England
in 1654; Robert Tuder settled in Virginia in 1773..