Rudden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Rudden family

The surname Rudden was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat at Roddam Hall since 1296 when William Roddam had the hall built. "Roddam Hall is a handsome modern mansion, standing on a bold eminence which on the north forms the bank of a deep romantic dell watered by a tributary of the Till. A stone coffin and an urn were dug up here in 1796." [1]

John of Roddam held land in Little Houghton in 1337. The Roddam family has held the hall until at least 1776 when it was owned by Admiral Robert Roddam (1719-1808).

Roddam is derived from the Old English word "rod" which means "clearing" [2]. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the place name Rodden in Shropshire. There is also a Rodden River in Shropshire.

Early History of the Rudden family

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Rudden Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Roddam, Rodden, Roddan, Roddin, Rodan and others.

Early Notables of the Rudden family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Rudden family to Ireland

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

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rudden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Garrett Rudden, who landed in Maryland in 1661 [3]
  • Mary Rudden, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 [3]
Rudden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Rudden, aged 26, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [3]
  • Michael Rudden, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rudden (post 1700) +

  • Mr. Raplh Owen Rudden B.E.M., British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for voluntary services to the community in Sale West, Greater Manchester
  • David Rudden, British musician, founding member of the Berlin Blondes, an early Glasgow synthpop band in 1978
  • Steven Rudden, British musician, past member of Love City Groove
  • Adam Rudden (b. 1983), Irish poet based in Dublin

The Rudden Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nec deficit alter
Motto Translation: Another succeeds.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  3. ^ 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) on Facebook