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

Ruddy Early Origins



The surname Ruddy 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.

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Ruddy Spelling Variations


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Ruddy Spelling Variations



Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Ruddy has occasionally been spelled Rudd, Wrudd, Rutt, Rud, Rut, Roud, Routt, Ruttle and others.

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Ruddy Early History


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Ruddy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruddy research. Another 254 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ruddy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ruddy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ruddy Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ruddy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ruddy In Ireland


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Ruddy In Ireland



Some of the Ruddy 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Ruddy:

Ruddy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Ruddy, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Ruddy, who arrived in Mississippi in 1854 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Thomas Ruddy, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Catherine Ruddy, aged 20, who emigrated to America, in 1893
  • Anne Ruddy, aged 11, who settled in America, in 1896
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ruddy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ellen Ruddy, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Annie Ruddy, aged 19, who landed in America from Askeaton, Ireland, in 1908
  • Annie Ruddy, aged 16, who landed in America from Manorhamilton, Ireland, in 1909
  • Elizabeth Ruddy, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Domenick Ruddy, aged 28, who landed in America from Leeds, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ruddy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Barney Ruddy, aged 64, a carpenter, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruddy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruddy (post 1700)



  • Joseph Aloysius Ruddy Sr. (1878-1962), American two-time gold medalist competition swimmer and water polo player
  • Christopher Ruddy (b. 1965), American conservative journalist, CEO of Newsmax Media
  • Craig Ruddy (b. 1968), Australian artist, recipient of the Archibald Prize in 2004 and 2010
  • Albert S. Ruddy (b. 1930), Canadian two-time Academy Award and two-time Golden Globe winning film and television producer
  • John Thomas Gordon Ruddy (b. 1986), English footballer from St. Ives, Cambridgeshire

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Ruddy Historic Events


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Ruddy Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John Ruddy, Ukrainian Third Class Passenger from Ternopil, Ukraine who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. S Ruddy, British Engine Room Artificer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

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Citations


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  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. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  3. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

Other References

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
  5. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
  6. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  11. ...

The Ruddy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ruddy 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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