First name origin & meaning:
Old English: People's meadow
First name variations: Dudly, Dudlea, Dudlee, Dudleigh, Dudli, Dudlie, Dud, Duddy
Last name origins & meanings:
- English and Irish: habitational name from Dudley in the West
Midlands, named from the Old English personal name Dudda (see
Dodd) + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’.
- Irish (County Cork): English name adopted by bearers of Gaelic
Ó Dubhdáleithe ‘descendant of Dubhdáleithe’, a
personal name composed of the elements dubh ‘black’ +
dá ‘two’ + léithe ‘sides’.
- Thomas Dudley (1576–1653), born at Northampton, England, sailed
on the Arbella to Salem, MA, in 1630 with the chief men of the
Massachusetts Bay Company. They first settled at Newtown. Dudley
subsequently moved to Ipswich but then permanently settled at
Roxbury. He was elected four times as governor of the Massachusetts
Bay Colony and as one of the two commissioners for the colony when the
New England Confederation was formed in 1643. He was one of the first
overseers of Harvard University, and in 1650, as governor, signed the
charter for that institution. Dudley’s seventh and most noted child,
Joseph (1647–1720) was also governor of MA (1702–15).
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