Dudley Family History

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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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Dudley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dudley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dudley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Dudley Family Origin

Where is the Dudley family from?

Dudley Family Occupations

What did your Dudley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Dudley occupation in Canada was Farmer. 18% of Dudley's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Dudley family was Farmer Son. Farmer, School and Bank Clerk were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dudley.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Bank Clerk

  • Farmer Son


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Dudley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Dudley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 280,000 census records available for the last name Dudley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dudley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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

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Draft Card

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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Dudley Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dudley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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