Hudnall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hudnall is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Hudnall is a name that comes from the Norman name Odinet, from which the more commonly known Odo is derived. Apart from the aforementioned patronymic origin, the place name could also mean "pleasant valley," from the Welsh "hawdd" meaning "pleasant" or "peaceful" and "nant," a "glen or valley." [1]

Early Origins of the Hudnall family

The surname Hudnall was first found in Shropshire at Hodnet, a village and civil parish in the union of Drayton, in the hundred of North Bradford. [2]

The first record of the place name was found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Odenet. [3]

"The Hodnets, or Hodnetts, derive their name from the Shropshire parish of Hodnet. During the 13th century there was a powerful family in the county that took the name of De Hodenet from either the manor or the parish of the name." [4]

Early History of the Hudnall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hudnall research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1116 and 1237 are included under the topic Early Hudnall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hudnall Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Hodenet, Hignett, Hignet, Hodnet, Hodnett, Hodenett, Hodinett, Hodinutt, Hodinut, Hodinott, Hodinot, Hoddenett, Hoddinet, Hoddinutt and many more.

Early Notables of the Hudnall family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Hudnall family to Ireland

Some of the Hudnall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 104 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hudnall migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Hudnall name or one of its variants:

Hudnall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Richard P. Hudnall, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Mrs. L. P. Hudnall, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Richard H. Hudnall, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • A. Reed Hudnall, aged 17, who settled in America, in 1920
  • A. W. Hudnall, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hudnall (post 1700) +

  • James David Hudnall (1957-2019), American writer, known for his early work with the series Espers, published by Eclipse Comics and later the Marvel and DC
  • George B. Hudnall (1864-1936), American politician, Member of the Wisconsin Senate (1903-1911)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Robert Chilton Hudnall, American Private First Class from Texas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [5]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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