Scudder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Scudder family

The surname Scudder was first found in Kent 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 when they held estates in that county.

Early History of the Scudder family

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Scudder Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Scudder, Skudder, Skutter, Scutter and others.

Early Notables of the Scudder family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Henry Scudder (d. 1659), an English clergyman of Presbyterian views, a devotional writer, and member of the Westminster Assembly. "He was minister at Drayton in Oxfordshire, and in 1633 was presented by the king to the living of Collingbourne-Ducis, near Marlborough...
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Scudder Ranking

In the United States, the name Scudder is the 6,253rd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States Scudder migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Scudder Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Scudder, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1635 [2]
  • John Scudder, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1647 [2]
Scudder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • M S Scudder, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • A Scudder, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855 [2]

Australia Scudder migration to Australia +

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

Scudder Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Stephen Scudder, British Convict who was convicted in Gloucester, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Mr. William Scudder, English convict who was convicted in Maidstone, Kent, England for life, transported aboard the "Candahar" on 26th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]

New Zealand Scudder 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:

Scudder Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Scudder, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • William Scudder, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • Richard Scudder, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name Scudder (post 1700) +

  • Laura Clough Scudder (1881-1959), American entrepreneur who made and sold potato chips, first to package potato chips in sealed bags to extend freshness
  • Tredwell Scudder (1778-1834), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York
  • Richard Betts Scudder (1913-2012), American newspaper publisher, journalist, co-founder of the MediaNews Group
  • Samuel Hubbard Scudder (1837-1911), American entomologist and palaeontologist
  • Scott Scudder (b. 1968), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Rev. Dr. John Scudder (1793-1855), the first American medical missionary in India
  • Janet Scudder (1869-1940), American sculptor
  • Mark Scudder, American musician
  • Hubert Baxter Scudder, American politician, U.S. Representative from California
  • Henry Joel Scudder (1825-1886), American politician, United States Representative from New York


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/candahar


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