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Richard Cudd

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Richard Report 5 Nov 2004 15:43

For those people with the surname 'Cudd' or an interest in it, here's a few lines on the origin of the name. 'Cudd' appears to be an Anglo-Saxon pet- or nick-name, used as a surname, derived from the Old English form of 'Cuthbert', 'Cuðbert' (leading also to 'Cudbert'). 'Cud' meant 'famous' in Old English. 'Cudd' may have first been used in the North of England, around Northumberland, where 'Cuðbert' was popular as a first name, in honour of St. Cuthbert. It's interesting to see that there are at least 2 completely independent origins for the surname 'Cudd'; one derived from McHud in the Isle of Man as per Christain's message and the other from Cuthbert. The Cuthbert derivation of 'Cudd' or 'Cud' is found in Gloucestershire and London in the early 1500's. My own line of Cudd's can be found in Warwickshire in the early 1600's. The Isle of Man version of 'Cudd' first appears in the mid-1700's when John McHud or McHood changes his surname to Cudd.