Hudson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hudson has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the name Hudd, a pet form of both Hugh and Richard. [1] [2] The surname Hudson features the patronymic suffix -son, which was most common in the north of England and superseded other patronymic suffixes in popularity during the 14th century.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 Hudson family

The surname Hudson 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. [3]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Johannes Hudson; Johannes Hudeson; and Adam Huddeson. [2]

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. [4]

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." [5]

Early History of the Hudson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hudson 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 Hudson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hudson Spelling Variations

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 Hudson include Hudson, Hutson and others.

Early Notables of the Hudson family (pre 1700)

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hudson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hudson World Ranking

In the United States, the name Hudson is the 162nd most popular surname with an estimated 144,246 people with that name. [6] However, in Canada, the name Hudson is ranked the 517th most popular surname with an estimated 9,417 people with that name. [7] And in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Hudson is the 349th popular surname with an estimated 133 people with that name. [8] Australia ranks Hudson as 231st with 14,693 people. [9] New Zealand ranks Hudson as 244th with 2,437 people. [10] The United Kingdom ranks Hudson as 159th with 33,480 people. [11]


United States Hudson migration to the United States +

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:

Hudson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Hudson, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Edward Hudson, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624 [12]
  • William Hudson, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1631 [12]
  • Mr. Richard Hudson, (b. 1605), aged 30, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Safety" arriving in Virginia in 1635 [13]
  • William Hudson, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hudson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Susannah Hudson, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [12]
  • Roger Hudson, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [12]
  • Susana Hudson, who landed in Virginia in 1706 [12]
  • Susanah Hudson, who arrived in Virginia in 1718 [12]
  • Hannah Hudson, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1730 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hudson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Hudson, aged 22, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [12]
  • Mr. Richard Hudson, (b. 1816), aged 24, English miner departing from England aboard the ship "Royal Adelaide" arriving in the United States on 21st April 1840 [14]
  • Hy Hudson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [12]
  • Michael Hudson, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [12]
  • Joe Hudson, aged 14, who landed in New York in 1854 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hudson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hudson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ann Hudson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Richard Hudson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Barney Hudson U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 364 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [15]
Hudson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Hudson, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Patrick Hudson, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
  • George R Hudson, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Hudson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hudson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Martha Hudson, British Convict who was convicted in Leeds, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Experiment" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [16]
  • Miss Frances Hudson, English convict who was convicted in Kent, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Canada" in March 1810, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [17]
  • Miss Mary Hudson, (b. 1784), aged 29, Irish convict who was convicted in Cork, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Catherine" on 8th December 1813, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [18]
  • Mr. Alexander Hudson, English convict who was convicted in Sussex, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Dromedary" on 11th September 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [19]
  • Mr. Thomas Hudson, English convict who was convicted in Ipswich, Suffolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Dromedary" on 11th September 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he was executed in 1825 [19]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hudson migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hudson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Hudson, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • William Hudson, aged 27, a cabinet maker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Hudson, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Hanry Hudson, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Ann Hudson, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Hudson migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [20]
Hudson Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Miss Suzan Hudson, (b. 1614), aged 20, British settler travelling from London, UK arriving in St Christopher (St. Kitts) on 5th January 1634 [12]
  • Francis Hudson, aged 36, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [12]
  • Mr. Francis Hudson, (b. 1599), aged 36, British settler traveling aboard the ship "William and John" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [21]
  • Mr. Thomas Hudson, (b. 1619), aged 16, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Expedition" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [22]
  • John Hudson, his wife, children and servants, who settled in Barbados in 1680

Contemporary Notables of the name Hudson (post 1700) +

  • Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (b. 1984), known professionally as Katy Perry, an American singer, songwriter and philanthropist who has sold over 100 million records
  • Bill Hudson (1932-2021), American politician and businessman, born in Yuma, Arizona
  • Michael Craig Hudson (1938-2021), American political scientist, the Director of the Middle East Institute and Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore
  • William Alex Hudson (1935-2017), American football defensive tackle, AFL All-Star (1961)
  • Kate Garry Hudson (b. 1979), American Oscar-nominated actress, best known for her role as Penny Lane in Almost Famous (2000)
  • Captain William Levereth Hudson USN (1794-1862), United States Navy officer
  • Timothy Adam "Tim" Hudson (b. 1975), American Major League Baseball pitcher with the Atlanta Braves
  • Saul Hudson (b. 1965), better known by his stage name Slash, English musician and songwriter, best known as the former lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012
  • Joseph Lowthian Hudson (1846-1912), English-born, American merchant who founded the Hudson's department store, Detroit and providing the seed capital for the Hudson Motor Car Company in 1909
  • Rock Hudson (1925-1985), born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr., legendary American four-time Golden Globe Award winning actor, best known for his comedic roles with Doris Day
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bradford City stadium fire
  • Eric Hudson (1912-1985), from Bingley who attended the Bradford City and Lincoln City Third Division match on 11th May 1985 when the Bradford City stadium fire occurred and he died in the fire
Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. William Daniel Hudson, British Barman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [23]
  • Mr. John Henry Couch Hudson, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [23]
  • Mr. R. William Hudson, Canadian Second Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [23]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. James Lloyd Hudson (1921-1941), Australian Signalman from Sandgate, Queensland, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [24]
HMS Cornwall
  • Alfred George Hudson (d. 1942), British Musician aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [25]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Norman Hudson (d. 1945), British Stoker 2nd Class aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [26]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Gilbert Wilbert Wilfred Hudson, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [27]
  • Mr. G R Hudson, British Commander, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [27]
  • Mr. Edward E Hudson, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [27]
  • Mr. Edward A Hudson, British Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [27]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. A Hudson, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [28]
  • Mr. Vincent Hudson, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [28]
HMS Royal Oak
  • John Stephen Hudson (d. 1939), British Signalman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [29]
  • Frederick Henry John Hudson (1918-1939), British Engine Room Artificer 5th Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [29]
Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • Melina Kristina Hudson (1972-1988), American Student from Albany, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [30]
  • Sophie Ailette Miriam Hudson (1962-1988), French Passenger from Paris, France, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [30]
  • Josephine Lisa Hudson (1966-1988), English Nurse from London, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [30]


Suggested Readings for the name Hudson +

  • Della Elizabeth Butler Hudson Be.
  • : Her Family and Ancestors by Martha Ann Butler.
  • Genealogy and History of the Garmire-Dunmire and Hudson Families: Also Some Family Lines, Snedeker, Wyckoff, Van Voorhies, Gutshall, Shockar, Addleman, Jacob, Parker of Chester Co., Penn., Frey, and Frankhouser by Live M. Garmire-Parker.

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  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
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  9. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  10. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
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  14. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  15. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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  18. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 2nd January 2021, retreived from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/catherine
  19. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dromedary
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  23. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  24. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
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  27. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  28. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  29. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  30. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html


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