Ruddock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Ruddock surname is derived from the Middle English word "ruddock," in turn from the Old English "ruddoc," meaning "red;" and it has been suggested that the name was taken on as nickname for someone "robin-like." The surname no doubt also came from the place named Penruddock, a small village in the English county of Cumbria.

Early Origins of the Ruddock family

The surname Ruddock was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century.

Early History of the Ruddock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruddock research. Another 208 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1568, 1603, 1455, 1487, 1619, 1655, 1655, 1621, 1744, 1619, 1655, 1655, 1677, 1172 and are included under the topic Early Ruddock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ruddock Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Penruddock, Penruddocke, Penriddick, Penriddock, Penroddock, Penroddocke, Ruddock, Ruddocke, Ruddicke, Ruddick, Riddick, Roddick and many more.

Early Notables of the Ruddock family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Colonel John Penruddock (Penruddocke) (1619-1655), an English Cavalier during the English Civil War and the English Interregnum, remembered as the leader...
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Ireland Migration of the Ruddock family to Ireland

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

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ruddock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Ruddock, who landed in New England in 1640 [1]
  • Jolliff Ruddock, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1649 [1]
  • Harman Ruddock, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [1]
Ruddock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Ruddock, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • James Ruddock, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Richard Ruddock, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [1]

Canada Ruddock migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ruddock Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Ruddock, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
  • Miss. Catherine Ruddock, aged 4 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Saguenay" departing 5th June 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 22nd August 1847 but she died on board [2]

Australia Ruddock migration to Australia +

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

Ruddock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Susan Ruddock, (b. 1864), aged 21, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Wistow Hall" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 25th August 1885 [3]

New Zealand Ruddock 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:

Ruddock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Ruddock, (b. 1838), aged 23, Irish domestic servant, from Armagh travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th December 1861 [4]
  • Mr. Edward Ruddock, (b. 1840), aged 21, Irish farm labourer, from Armagh travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th December 1861 [4]
  • Mrs. Anne Ruddock (Ruddick), (b. 1840), aged 23, Irish settler, from Armagh travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st May 1863 [4]
  • Mr. Edward Ruddock (Ruddick), (b. 1841), aged 22, Irish farm labourer, from Armagh travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st May 1863 [4]
  • Mrs. Jane Ruddock (Ruddick), (b. 1844), aged 19, Irish domestic servant, from Armagh travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st May 1863 [4]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruddock (post 1700) +

  • Lancelot Nixon Richard Ruddock (1837-1908), English reporter, newspaper editor and a founder of the Sunderland Echo
  • Neil "Razor" Ruddock (b. 1968), English former professional footballer, actor and television personality
  • Donovan Ruddock (b. 1963), Jamaican-born, retired Canadian heavyweight boxer
  • Sir Paul Ruddock, British financier, patron of the arts, and Chairman of the Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Air Marshal Peter William David Ruddock CB CBE (b. 1954), Irish former senior commander in the Royal Air Force, Air Secretary
  • Alwyn Ruddock (1916-2005), British historian
  • Marguerite "Margot" Ruddock (1907-1951), best known by her stage name Margot Collis, an actress, poet and singer who had a brief affair with W. B. Yeats
  • John Ruddock (1897-1981), Peruvian-born British film and television actor
  • Maxwell "Max" Stanley Ruddock (1914-1976), Australian politician in New South Wales, Assistant Treasurer
  • Mike Ruddock OBE (b. 1959), Welsh rugby union coach
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Cecil Roy Ruddock, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [5]


  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 94)
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_queensland.pdf
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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