Origins Available: English
The surname Rud is derived from the Old English root "rud-," a component in the words "rudig," which means "ruddy," and "ruddoc," which means "red-breast." The surname was originally a nickname
for a ruddy complexioned or red-haired person, or perhaps for someone who habitually wore the color red. The surname Rud may also be a local
name derived from residence "at the rood;" that is, residence near a crossroads.
Early Origins of the Rud family
The surname Rud was first found in Carmarthenshire
(Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin), located in Southwest Wales
, one of thirteen historic counties and presently one of the principal area in Wales, 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 Rud family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rud research.Another 254 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rud History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rud Spelling Variations
Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh
surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh
society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales
could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Rud has seen various spelling variations: Rudd, Wrudd, Rutt, Rud, Rut, Roud, Routt, Ruttle and others.
Early Notables of the Rud family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Rud family to Ireland
Some of the Rud family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 206 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rud family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh
families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Rud
Rud Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Rud, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)