Hudsend History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Hudsend is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from the name Hudd, a pet form of both Hugh and Richard.   The surname Hudsend features the patronymic suffix -son, which was most common in the north of England and superseded other patronymic suffixes in popularity during the 14th century.
Early Origins of the Hudsend family
The surname Hudsend was first found in Yorkshire where one of the first records of the name was John Hudsone, Hutson who was listed in the Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield in 1323. 
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Johannes Hudson; Johannes Hudeson; and Adam Huddeson. 
There are numerous entries for the name further north in Scotland. One of the first on record there was James Hudson, a charter witness in Kelso in 1466. John Hudsone and Willie Hutson were tenants on land of the Abbey of Kelso in 1567. 
The castle of Woodcroft in Etton, Northampton was the scene of a rather gruesome event of one of the family. "Castle Woodcroft, is said to have been the scene of the murder of Dr. Hudson, chaplain of Charles I, who was forced over the battlements by the parliamentarian forces stationed here, who, hacking with their swords the hands by which he endeavoured to cling to the walls, caused him to fall into the moat beneath, where he was instantly put to death. The castle has been restored by Earl Fitzwilliam; the tower from which Dr. Hudson was thrown, and the moat in which he was killed, are still entire." 
Early History of the Hudsend family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hudsend research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1766, 1766, 1567, 1660, 1637, 1612, 1560, 1611, 1662, 1719, 1615 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Hudsend History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hudsend Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hudsend has undergone many spelling variations, including Hudson, Hutson and others.
Early Notables of the Hudsend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hudsend family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hudsend were among those contributors: Robert Hudson, who arrived in Virginia in 1623; William Hudson, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Ralph Hudson, who settled in Massachusetts with his wife Marie and three children in 1635.
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