Last name: Youd

This unusual and interesting surname is of Flemish (Dutch) origin, and was introduced into England during the late 16th Century by Flemish Huguenot refugees fleeing religious persecution on the Continent. The name Youd, and its variant forms Youde, Yude and Yeude, are Anglicizations of the Flemish "Jeude", the cognate form of the medieval English personal name "Jude". This itself was the vernacular form of the Hebrew male given name "Yehuda", Judah, the name of Jacob's eldest son. The personal name was used only rarely before the Reformation, usually due to the fame of the apostle Jude, and the popularity of the story of Judas Maccabeus. The phonetic spelling of the Flemish form "Jeude" produced the English variants, found especially in the north western counties of Lancashire and Cheshire. Recordins of the surname from English Church Registers include: the marriage of Thomas Youde and Elizabeth Sweetlove at Leigh in Lancashire, on April 29th 1604; the marriage of John Youd and Ann Barnet on June 29th 1645, at St. Giles' Cripplegate, London; and the marriage of Thomas Youd and Mary Pickles on August 13th 1770, at St. Peter's, Huddersfield, Yorkshire. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Jude, which was dated 1211, in the "Curia Regis Rolls of Devonshire", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. 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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Philip van Lidth de Jeude
I have heard of people with the name of Jeude, one of whom is CPA in Washington and another who is an alumnus of Iowa State University. And there are some place names containing this name in the Netherlands and in Queensland, Australia. Some of the place names in the Netherlands are probably connected with the Dutch van Lidth de Jeude family, from which Erland van Lidth de Jeude sprang, and there is a Belgian branch of this family as well. However, this family is fairly well documented and has no relationship with the families in Cheshire in England with the name of Youd. However, there are also people who bear the surname of Jeude without the rest of the name, one of whom is a CPA in Washington state and the other who is an alumnus of Iowa State University. Whether any of these has any relationship to Youd, Yeude or any other variation of the name is unknown to me.

Nick Y
The analysis in any case conflates more than one theory of the name: one from the time of the Huguenot migration, and one from the time of King John! Or is the suggestion that the name came over in two separate waves? The Cheshire origin should at least be considered, given that there are documented traces of the name there going back to the 16th century, and a statistical analysis of England at the time of the 1881 census clearly shows Cheshire as the epicentre of the name. See also

Do you have any evidence for the European origin of this name? I see a lot of Youds/Youdes/Youlds, etc. in Cheshire and Lancashire going back into the 16th century (see I don't see any proof that this had an origin in Flanders. Could you give us some sources of the perported "Jeude" name in Flanders (the French form of Jude is in fact "Jude")? Or did you just get this idea just because Erland Van Lidth De Jeude has a similar surname? Cheshire was not a common location for Huguenot immigration--see Robin Gwynn's 1983 article in the Journal of Historical Geography. Do you have any real proof for your ideas or is this complete hearsay?

This is my take on the YOUD of Cheshire & YOUDS of Wirral since starting research in 2006. Hopefully this will also make it onto wikipedia:: YOUD (pronounced to rhyme with either "loud" or "food") is an English surname mostly found in Cheshire and Flintshire. Variants of the surname are Youde, Eaude and Yould, however Youds is not part of this group.The earliest record dates from 1427 and in 1562 the name appears in Little Budworth in Cheshire. Origin of the name Currently little is known about the meaning or origin of this unusual surname. Books of British surnames do not even list this rare surname. This has led to theories of Huguenot, Flemish,or Jewish roots which cannot be substantiated. Viking roots are a more likely possibility as the Wirral peninsula was colonised by Norwegian Vikings from 902 AD onwards. Some Viking placenames are also evident in West Cheshire. It is hoped that DNA profiling from suitable Youd descendants will prove or disprove this theory. Early records The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be John EUDE in 1427,an English soldier stationed in Rouen garrison. He is listed on a muster roll from the Hundred Years' War with France. The surname next appears in 1562 recording the baptism of Katrena YOLDE in Little Budworth, St. Peter. Church records there start in 1561. The surname then spreads to nearby towns and villages in West Cheshire and Flintshire, becoming relatively numerous in Frodsham, Hawarden, Oscroft, Kinnerton, Chester and eventually established in Liverpool from about 1740 onwards. Over 40 variants of the surname were recorded in the 16th and 17th century, examples are:Yewd, Yeud, Yeoud, Yowd, Yeowed, Yowood, Eude, Eaude, Ewd, Hude, Hewde etc. Today only YOUD, YOUDE, EAUDE and YOULD are in use. Distribution of the name According to the Office of National Statistics some 670 people named YOUD, 227x YOUDE, 104x YOULD and 11x EAUDE lived in England & Wales in 2002. The Youd surname has spread to many parts of the British Isles and through emigration also to USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Key emigrants of interest to family historians are: James Youd (born 1815 Oscroft) 1849 to Utah & California Samuel Youd (born 1808 Oscroft) 1851 to Missouri Thomas Youd (born 1813 Tarvin ) 1851 to Utah John Youd (born 1838 Bradley) 1865 to Connecticut Robert Moreton Youd (born 1846 Bradley) 1880 to New Zealand George Youd (born 1855 Bradley) 1880 to New Zealand Fred Youd (born 1883 Waverton) 1908 to Chicago Earl Youd (born 1889 Waverton) 1913 to Chicago John (Jack) Youd (born 1879 Wybunbury) bef 1914 to Australia William Yould (born 1820 Acton) 1855 to Nova Scotia Fred Yould (born 1885 Frodsham) 1913 to Canada & USA People with surname Youd, Youde Sam Youd (1922-2012), British science fiction writer, best known by his pseudonym John Christopher, T. Leslie Youd (1939-), American geotechnical engineer Edward Youde (1924-1986), Governor of Hong Kong 1982-1986 References [1] YOUD of Cheshire & YOUDS of Wirral [2] The Soldier in Later Medieval England [3] Surnames of England & Wales in 2002, ONS figures [4]

I was told the name originated from the pirates of penzance

Mitch Youd
actually my last name comes from holland but over the last millenia has degenderated and come from the east midlands in england. so yeh im one of the unusuals and im proud

Marcia Robison
My grandfather was a Youds . Apparently he was born in Birkenhead in 1910. I would like to know more about the family. Would I be a suitable candidate to test the DNA of?

Karl Held

You should be able to find him on this database:
Two collections: YOUD/Youde/Eaude/Yould of Cheshire/Flintshire plus YOUDS of Wirral, Cheshire. Older surname variants, such as Yewd, Yeud,Yewood,Yowd,Yowood,Yolde,Yeaude, Ewde, Hewde etc. are mostly

Lynn norman

Hi Marcia My grt grt grandfather on my mums side was Samual Youds and the family seemed to move up from Chester, Birkenhead and finally Liverpool. Any relation? If so one of my cousins has done a lot of research