Hudelston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Hudelston was derived from a pre-existing place named Huddleston in the West Riding of Yorkshire. [1] [2] The place name is in turn derived from the Old English personal name Hudel, and are said to be originally of Saxon descent. [3]

Early Origins of the Hudelston family

The surname Hudelston was first found in Cumberland, where they originally held Millom Castle at Millom, now in Cumbria . Godard be Boyvill was granted a manor on the site and held the Manor of Millom c. 1134. His granddaughter married into the Hudleston family and ownership was passed in c. 1240. John Hudleston was given a licence to crenellate in 1335. Over the centuries the castle has fallen into ruin and is now used as a farmhouse. [4]

The Curia Regis Rolls of 1200 included Richard de Hudelesdun in Yorkshire at that time. [5]

The parish of Sawston in Cambridgeshire was home to a branch of this illustrious family in early times. "The ancient manor-house here of the Huddleston family was visited by Queen Mary, who spent some time in it." [6]

"Hoddlesden Hall, in the ancient parish of Whalley, [Yorkshire] was probably the residence of the Hoddlestons or Huddlestons of former times. An old family of Huddleston owned the manor of Westhall, Whittington (Whittaker's "Richmond"). Huddlestone was a well - known name in Lincoln from the 14th to the 16th century, during which period six mayors and one sheriff of the city bore the name." [7]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Willelmus de Hodilston as holding lands there at that time. In Cumberland, the "Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III." included: John de Hodeleston, Cumberland, 20 Edward I (during the 20th year of King Edward I's reign.) [4]

Early History of the Hudelston family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hudelston research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1774, 1296, 1496, 1517, 1557, 1553, 1554, 1554, 1583, 1655, 1583, 1608, 1698 and 1608 are included under the topic Early Hudelston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hudelston Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hudelston include Huddleston, Hoddleston, Hodleston, Hiddleston, Hiddlestone and many more.

Early Notables of the Hudelston family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Huddleston who inherited the manor of Sawston in Cambridge in 1496 through his marriage to Isabel, fifth daughter of John, Marquess of Montecute. Sir John Huddleston (1517-1557) of Sawston, Cambridgeshire, was an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Cambridgeshire in October 1553, April 1554 and November 1554. Richard Huddleston (Hudleston) (1583-1655), was an English Benedictine monk, studied philosophy and divinity for a few years in the English College at Rome. He was born in...
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Migration of the Hudelston family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hudelston were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Huddleston, who settled in Maine in 1622; Valentine Huddlestone, who settled in Maryland in 1663; Thomas Huddleston, who came to Maryland in 1775.



The Hudelston Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Soli Deo honor et gloria
Motto Translation: Honour and glory be to God alone.


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  7. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


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