Tedder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Welsh name Tedder comes from the personal name Tudur, an ancient Celtic name of unknown meaning. It is thought that the name, especially the form Tewdwr, may have also emerged as a Welsh version of the Latin Theodorus.

Early Origins of the Tedder family

The surname Tedder was first found in Herefordshire, where Tudor Trevor was Lord of Hereford, Whittington, and both Maelors. He was founder of the Tribe of the Marches, born in Denbigh, son of Ynyr Ap Cadforch, whose descendants intermarried with the distinguished families of North Wales.

Theodore (602?-690), was Archbishop of Canterbury, a native of Tarsus in Cilicia. "He studied at Athens, had a scholarly knowledge of Greek and Latin, and was well versed in sacred and profane literature and in philosophy, which caused him to receive the surname 'Philosopher.' At the time of Theodore's arrival the English church lacked order, administrative organisation, discipline, and culture. " [1]

Early History of the Tedder family

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Tedder Spelling Variations

Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Tedder has seen various spelling variations: Tudor, Tudyr Tuder, Tudar and others.

Early Notables of the Tedder family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Maredydd ap Tudur (Meredith Tudor) (died 1406), Welsh soldier and nobleman from the Tudor family of Penmynydd and Owen Tudor's father, supported the 1400 Welsh uprising of his first cousin Owain Glyndwr, following the demise of Glyndwr's revolt, much of the Tudor family's lands at Penmynydd and elsewhere were forfeited to the English Crown; Rhys ap Tudur (died 1411), a Welsh nobleman and a key figure in the revolt of Owain Glyndwr, held the offices of sheriff and escheator of Anglesey as well as the Forester of Snowdon, outbreak of the...
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Tedder Ranking

In the United States, the name Tedder is the 6,290th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [2]


United States Tedder migration to the United States +

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Tedder:

Tedder Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ellinor Tedder, who landed in Maryland in 1666-1680 [3]
Tedder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Tedder, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1812 [3]
Tedder Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ernest Alfred Tedder, aged 21, who arrived in America from Surrey, England, in 1907
  • Albert W. Tedder, aged 23, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1914
  • David Tedder, aged 34, who settled in America from London, England, in 1920
  • Ernest Walter Tedder, aged 40, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1923
  • John Tedder, aged 15, who immigrated to America from London, England, in 1923
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West Indies Tedder migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [4]
Tedder Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Tho Tedder, aged 19, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Tedder, (b. 1616), aged 19, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Peter Bonaventure" arriving in Barbados and St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tedder (post 1700) +

  • Thomas F Tedder (b. 1956), American immunologist
  • Ryan Benjamin Tedder (b. 1979), American singer-songwriter and record producer
  • Henry Richard Tedder (1850-1924), English librarian of the Athenaeum Club, London, founder of the Library Association
  • Ernest Cranfield Tedder (1915-1972), English cricketer
  • Richard Tedder, English virologist and microbiologist
  • John Michael Tedder FRS, FRSE (1926-1994), 2nd Baron Tedder, Purdie Professor of Chemistry at St. Andrews University, Scotland
  • Arthur William Tedder (1890-1967), 1st Baron Tedder, Scottish Marshal of the RAF


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  5. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 23rd September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)


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