The ancestors of the name Rudyard date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Rudyard, Staffordshire
. The place-name Rudyard means "yard where rue was grown" derived from the Old English words rude + geard. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Rue is a perennial evergreen shrub common in Europe with yellow flowers. The plant is psychoactive; the leaves of the shrub were used as a stimulant in the Middle Ages. The leaves were noted for their strong smell and bitter taste.
Early Origins of the Rudyard family
The surname Rudyard was first found in Staffordshire
at Rudyard, a small village west of Leek on the shores of Rudyard Lake. The lake is quite recent, built in 1797 by the engineer John Rennie, for the Trent and Mersey Canal company. But the placename dates back to at least 1002 when it was listed as Rudegeard, yet a few years later it was listed as Rudierd in the Domesday Book
of 1086. At that time, it was part of the Pirehill Hundred
and owned by the King. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Rudyard Kipling's parents named their son after the village.
Early History of the Rudyard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rudyard research.Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1030, 1620, 1572, 1658, 1621, 1648, 1630, 1640, 1692, 1682 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Rudyard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rudyard Spelling Variations
Rudyard has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Rudyard have been found, including Rudyard, Rudgard, Rudyer and others.
Early Notables of the Rudyard family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Benjamin Rudyerd (Rudyard) (1572-1658), an English poet and politician, sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1621 and 1648, one of the incorporators of the Providence Company (1630)... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rudyard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rudyard family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Rudyards to arrive on North American shores:
Rudyard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Rudyard who settled in New Jersey in 1664
- Thomas Rudyard, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682
Contemporary Notables of the name Rudyard (post 1700)
- Major-General Alden Rudyard Crawford (1900-1978), American Commanding General 12th Air Force (1949-1950) CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 23) Alden Crawford. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Crawford/Alden_Rudyard/USA.html
- Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author and poet, and Nobel prize winner, best known for his "The Jungle Book" (1894) and other books in his series of children's books