Judd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Judd name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Judd is derived from the names Judd and Jutt, which are pet forms of the personal name Jordan. These names are derived from Jurd, a common abbreviation of Jordan, and feature the common interchange of voiced and voiceless final consonants.

Early Origins of the Judd family

The surname Judd was first found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Judd family

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Judd Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Judd were recorded, including Judd, Judson and others.

Early Notables of the Judd family (pre 1700)

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United States Judd migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Judd family emigrate to North America:

Judd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Judd, who settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1630
  • Thomas Judd, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1634 [1]
  • Herbert Judd, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Christ Judd, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Eliza Judd, who landed in Virginia in 1642 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Judd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christopher and Elizabeth Judd, who settled in Virginia in 1742
  • Rowland Judd, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
Judd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H B Judd, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • D Judd, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • E C Judd, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • C. Judd, who settled in San Francisco in 1852
  • Ephriam, John, and William Judd, all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Judd Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Major Judd, who settled in Arizona in 1924

Canada Judd migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Judd Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Arza Judd, who arrived in Montreal in 1793
  • Mr. William Judd U.E. (b. 1729) born in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, USA who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, New Brunswick c. 1783 then in 1799 resettled in Ontario he served in the Prince of Wales Regiment [2]
Judd Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Judd, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1834

Australia Judd migration to Australia +

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

Judd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Judd, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Henry Judd, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • John Judd, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Frederick Judd, British Convict who was convicted in Manchester, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • George Judd, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Judd 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:

Judd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Judd, aged 16, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • G Judd, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • William Judd, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Judd, aged 38, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Ann Judd, aged 30, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Judd (post 1700) +

  • Walter Henry Judd (1898-1994), American politician, statesman and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Ashley Judd (b. 1968), American actress, daughter of Naomi Judd and sister of Wynonna Judd
  • Wynonna Judd (b. 1964), American country singer, daughter of Naomi Judd
  • Naomi Judd (b. 1946), American county music singer and songwriter, best known as part of the duo 'The Judds' with daughter Wynonna
  • Charles Hubbard Judd (1873-1946), American psychologist, a leading figure in the development of a 'science' of education
  • Bernice F. Judd, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1954 [7]
  • Arthur S. Judd, American politician, First Selectman of Bethel, Connecticut, 1888, 1896-98; Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Middlebury, 1906 (Democratic) [7]
  • Arden L. Judd, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Stratford, 1910 [7]
  • Archibald R. Judd, American Republican politician, Burgess of Hamburg, Pennsylvania, 1960; Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 11th District, 1960 [7]
  • Alfred B. Judd, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 10th District, 1869 [7]
  • ... (Another 52 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Charles Edward Judd, aged 31, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on collapsible B [8]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Albert John Judd, American Coxswain from Michigan, 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 [9]


Suggested Readings for the name Judd +

  • 1900 In America Since 1607 by Walter I. Farmer.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  9. ^ 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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