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Dudley Family History

Dudley Name Meaning

English and Irish: habitational name from Dudley in the West Midlands, named from the Old English personal name Dudda (see Dodd) + Old English leah ‘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’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Durley, Audley, Murley, Medley, Gidley, Badley, Bodley, Godley

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Where is the Dudley family from?

You can see how Dudley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dudley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dudley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 97 Dudley families living in Massachusetts. This was about 12% of all the recorded Dudley's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Dudley families in 1840.
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What did your Dudley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dudley. 19% of Dudley men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Dudley women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dudley were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    9%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Cook
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Dudley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 54,000 military records available for the last name Dudley. For the veterans among your Dudley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dudley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Dudley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Dudley in 1943 was 22, and 74 in 2004.

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