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DUDLEY Family History

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)...

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