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Where did the Welsh Rudd family come from? What is the Welsh Rudd family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rudd family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rudd family history?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.
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.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rudd research. Another 254 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rudd History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Rudd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Rudd 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.
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
Rudd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Rudd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Rudd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Rudd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Rudd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rudd Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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