Sudlow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Sudlow family name to the British Isles. They lived in Gloucestershire, at Sudely.

Early Origins of the Sudlow family

The surname Sudlow was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat at Sudely Castle. Conjecturally they are descended from the holder of these estates, Harold FitzRalph, said to be the illegitimate son of King Harold, [1] but counter claims say that he was the son of the Earl of Hereford. He was granted these lands by Duke William of Normandy after the Conquest of England in 1066 A.D. The Domesday Book survey of 1086 A.D., shows Harold as holding 6 mills. The Castle was erected soon after as a defense against the Welsh intrusions to the west.

Early History of the Sudlow family

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Sudlow Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Sudeley, Sudely, Sudly, Sodely, Soudley, Soudly, Soudely and many more.

Early Notables of the Sudlow family (pre 1700)

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United States Sudlow migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sudlow or a variant listed above:

Sudlow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Maud Sudlow, aged 23, who settled in America from Blackheath, in 1893
  • Janet Sudlow, aged 54, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1897
Sudlow Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Samuel Sudlow, aged 23, who landed in America from Burnley, in 1900
  • Mary A. Sudlow, aged 28, who landed in America from Ballivar, in 1903
  • George Sudlow, aged 5, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Edward Sudlow, aged 45, who settled in America from Portglade, England, in 1909
  • John Sudlow, aged 49, who immigrated to the United States from Burslem, England, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Sudlow 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:

Sudlow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Sudlow, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Ann Sudlow, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Robert Sudlow, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name Sudlow (post 1700) +

  • Phebe W. Sudlow (1831-1922), American educator, first female superintendent of a public school in the United States
  • Bessie Sudlow (1849-1928), stage name of Barbara Elizabeth "Bessie" Johnstone, an English burlesque performer and opera bouffe soprano active in New York
  • Cathie Sudlow OBE FRSE, British neurologist and professor of Neurology and Clinical Epidemiology at the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics at the University of Edinburgh


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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