Rudd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Rudd 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 Rudd may also be a local name derived from residence "at the rood;" that is, residence near a crossroads.

Early Origins of the Rudd family

The surname Rudd 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 Rudd family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rudd research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1674, 1757 and are included under the topic Early Rudd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rudd Spelling Variations

The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Rudd have included Rudd, Wrudd, Rutt, Rud, Rut, Roud, Routt, Ruttle and others.

Early Notables of the Rudd family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Rudd family to Ireland

Some of the Rudd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 93 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 Rudd migration to the United States +

Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North America. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Rudd were found:

Rudd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nathaniel Rudd, who landed in Maryland in 1661 [1]
  • John Rudd, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [1]
  • Mary Rudd, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 [1]
  • Elizabeth Rudd, who settled in Delaware in 1682
  • John and Abraham Rudd, who settled in Virginia in 1698
Rudd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Rudd, who landed in Jamaica in 1706 [1]
  • Thomas Rudd, who arrived in South Carolina in 1711-1712 [1]
Rudd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Rudd, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Grace Rudd, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Amos, Isaac, Michael, Richard, Thomas, and William Rudd all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1775 and 1850
  • Daniel Rudd, aged 30, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864 [1]

Australia Rudd migration to Australia +

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

Rudd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Rudd, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • James John Rudd, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [3]
  • E. Rudd, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849 [4]
  • Henry Rudd, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Boyne" in 1850 [5]

New Zealand Rudd 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:

Rudd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Harry Rudd, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 25th February 1856 [6]
  • J. Rudd, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Canning" in 1865
  • William Rudd, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Fanny Rudd, aged 24, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Lizzie Rudd, aged 3, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Rudd (post 1700) +

  • Roswell Rudd (1935-2017), American Grammy Award-nominated jazz trombonist
  • Eldon Dean Rudd (1920-2002), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona (1977-1987)
  • Stephen Andrew Rudd (1874-1936), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1931-1936)
  • Paul Rudd (b. 1969), American award wining film and stage actor, best known for his roles in Ant-Man (2015), Role Models (2008) and I Love You, Man (2009)
  • Dwayne Rudd (b. 1976), American NFL football linebacker who played from 1997 to 2003
  • Mark Rudd (b. 1947), American educator and anti-war activist
  • Ricky Rudd (b. 1956), American NASCAR driver
  • Mr. John Graham Russell Rudd M.B.E., D.L., British recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Schools and to the community in Derbyshire [7]
  • Mrs. Diana Rudd B.E.M., British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to Girlguiding and to Young People in Londonderry
  • Mr. Louis Sebastian Rudd M.B.E., British Captain for The Parachute Regiment, recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018 [8]
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Edwin A Rudd (b. 1917), English Ordnance Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [9]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Henry Rudd (d. 1912), aged 23, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [10]


Suggested Readings for the name Rudd +

  • 2322 "The Landings Scatter" by Helen Greenli Swenson, "Rudd-Pollard-Youngblood and Related Families" by Margaret Rudd Youngblood, "Some Ancestors and Descendants of Joseph Rudd, Jr., 1740-1818, and his Wife, Sarah Story, 1744-1842, of Bennington, Vermont" by Dorothy Rudd DuMond.

  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Navarino.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque BOYNE 1850, 521 tons. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Boyne.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  9. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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