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The Welsh name Tudor 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.
The surname Tudor 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.
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 Tudor has occasionally been spelled Tudor, Tudyr Tuder, Tudar and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tudor research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1406, 1400, 1411, 1400, 1401, 1486, 1502, 1499, 1500, 1503 and 1503 are included under the topic Early Tudor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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...
Another 212 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tudor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 Tudor:
Tudor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Tudor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Tudor Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Tudor Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
The Tudor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tudor 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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