Last name: Dudley

This name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is locational from a place thus called in Worcestershire, recorded as "Dudelei" in the Domesday Book of 1086, and as "Duddele" in the 1221 Assize Court Rolls of that county, the place was so called from the Olde English pre 7th Century personal byname "Dudda" from a Germanic root used to describe a rotund or heavily built man, plus the Olde English "leah", a wood or clearing; hence, "Dudda's leah". The surname first appears on record in the latter part of the 12th Century (see below). Other early recordings include Herbert de Dudeleg (Worcestershire, 1225), and Willelmus Dudely, Johannes Dudly and Magota Duddely, in the Poll Tax Returns of Yorkshire (1379). Among the several notable namebearers mentioned in "The Dictionary of National Biography" are Ambrose Dudley, (1528 - 1590), Earl of Warwick, 1561, D.C.L. Oxford, 1566, and Lady Jane Dudley, (1537 - 1554), better known as Lady Jane Grey, who reigned for nine days in 1553. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Gladdewin de Duddeleia, which was dated 1176, in the "Pipe Rolls of Staffordshire", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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merry dudley
i believe that our line of Dudley may be of the Earl of Warwick and Lady Jane, but don't know how to trace it from there

Heidi Anne Dudley
My Father was George Emerson Dudley born to George & Hazel Dudley of Honesdale Pennsylvania. We have traced our family tree to England to Sir Robert Dudley

Nicholas Dalton Dudley
My father was Dennis Dale Dudley, son of Dennis Dale Dudley. That's as far back as i know.

my grandfather was valentine dudley,my dad which was his son,was john dudley.they lived in greenville s.c.

James Michael Dudley
Im half british, my fathers mother and father immigrated to Canada in 1960's, my fathers name is Gary John Dudley and his fathers or my grandpas name was Roylance Dudley. thats as far back as i know. but we came from England for sure.

Bethsabe Dudley
My fathers name was Douglas Arthur Dudley and his brothers name Gilbert Dudley. Would like to know who my family is now.