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Origins Available: English, Welsh


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.

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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.


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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.

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More information is included under the topic Early Rudd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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
  • John Rudd, who landed in Maryland in 1670
  • Mary Rudd, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Elizabeth Rudd 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
  • Thomas Rudd, who arrived in South Carolina in 1711-1712

Rudd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles Rudd, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Grace Rudd, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Amos, Isaac, Michael, Richard, Thomas, and William Rudd all arrived in Philadelphia between 1775 and 1850
  • Daniel Rudd, aged 30, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864

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
  • James John Rudd arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • E. Rudd arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849
  • Henry Rudd arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Boyne" in 1850

Rudd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • J. Rudd arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Canning" in 1865
  • William Rudd, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Fanny Rudd, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Lizzie Rudd, aged 3, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Kate Rudd, aged 1, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874

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  • 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
  • Roswell Rudd (b. 1935), American Grammy Award-nominated jazz trombonist
  • Mark Rudd (b. 1947), American educator and anti-war activist
  • Ricky Rudd (b. 1956), American NASCAR driver
  • Kim Rudd MP, Canadian politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Northumberland-Peterborough South (2015-)
  • Xavier Rudd (b. 1978), Australian folk musician and multi-instrumentalist
  • Kevin Michael Rudd (b. 1957), Australian politician, 26th Prime Minister of Australia from 2007 to 2010 and again in 2013

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  • 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.
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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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