Judd Surname Genealogy

name Jordan became popular in England from returning Crusaders and
pilgrims to the Holy Land. The river
Jordan there derived its name from the Hebrew yarden,
meaning to descend or go down, in this case to the Dead
Judde became a pet form of Jordan. Judde
Rampe was recorded as a name in Lancashire in 1246.
From Judde came the first name Jude and the
surname Judd. Some 19th century commentators related the surname
Judd to
German Jude or Dutch Jode meaning
Jewish. But this connection seems unlikely.

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Judd Ancestry

England. The name Henry Judde
appeared in Kent as early as 1264; while one of the
companions of Wat Tyler in his Kentish revolt of 1381 was said to have
been called
Judde. And the principal early Judde or
Judd family in England came from this county.

Kent. This early line devolved around Sir Andrew Judde, a skinner or
in skins and furs in London, the son of John Judde of Tonbridge. He became wealthy in his trade and was Lord
Mayor of London in 1550 (Judd Street in London took his name from
him). Judde
endowed a grammar school in his home town, now known as Tonbridge School.
Judde’s daughter Alice married and her son
Smythe became the first Governor of the East India Company. However, his male line is believed to have
become extinct.

One related line in this family is thought to have descended to Deacon
Judd, born in the parish of Langley in 1607, who emigrated to America
in 1633.

Another Judd in Kent was Daniel
from London of uncertain origins.
He was a munitions manufacturer under Oliver Cromwell during the
War. This made him rich enough to build
himself a country estate near Faversham in Kent in 1652.
Just why the house was called Judd’s Folly is
not known. The name has remained, although
the house
itself burnt down in 1961.

Elsewhere. Judd
has been mainly a name of the southeast of England, but did extend as
far west
as Winterbourne in Wiltshire and as far north as Banbury in Oxfordshire:

  • William
    Judde was born in Winterbourne in 1521. His
    Judd descendants moved to London in the early 19th century.
  • while
    the first Judd
    record in Banbury was the marriage of John Judde and Alice Horley in
    1572. The name appeared in various forms
    in Banbury
    and in surrounding villages during the 17th century.

largest numbers within
this area in the 1881 census were in London and Essex. William
Judd was born
the parish of Great
Canfield in Essex in 1577; while a cluster of Judds were to be found at
Roding or at Margaret Roding from the late 1600’s.
Joseph Judd married Elizabeth Greygoose at Takeley in 1794.

. Ambrose Judd of Brandon Ferry
in Suffolk was
believed to have been related to the Tonbridge Judds.
Apparently he was a Quaker and left England
in the late 1600’s for county Wicklow.
Peter Judd was a Quaker tallow chandler in Dublin in the 1750’s. Many of the Judds in Wicklow were buried in
the Kilcommon graveyard.

America. Deacon Thomas Judd arrived in
England from Kent in 1633 and settled in Connecticut, first in Hartford
later in Farmington. He
was the progenitor of a
large number of the Judds in America.

Thomas Judd Descendants. A descendant, via Jonathan Judd the
Southampton merchant and journal writer during the Revolutionary War,
was the
Unitarian minister and author Sylvester Judd.
He wrote one of the early family history books, Thomas
Judd and His Descendants
, which was published in 1856.
What was particularly noteworthy about this
book was that the Judds he wrote about from the late 18th and early
19th century
were either personally known to him or were in direct contact with him.

Judds were to be found in the 19th century in Chicago.
Norman Judd moved there from upstate New York
in 1836. He was the first city attorney
of Chicago, a friend of Abraham Lincoln, and later served as a state
senator. His son Edward became a
prominent Chicago lawyer. Meanwhile
Orange Judd arrived there in 1885 and with his son James started
publishing the
Orange Judd Farmer, a farming

One line from Westbury, Connecticut descended to Gerrit Judd the
physician who set forth for Hawaii as a missionary in 1827. He became a trusted advisor to Hawaii’s King
and founded Hawaii’s first medical school. His
grandson Lawrence Judd was appointed Governor of Hawaii in
1929. His great grandson Gerrit Judd IV
wrote a laudatory biography of him in 1960 entitled Dr.
Judd. Hawaii’s Friend.
had acquired land in Oahu in 1850 which became known as the Kualoa
Ranch. His descendants still own and
operate the
ranch today.

It is
thought likely that the Seymour Judd who married Abigail Read in 1794,
Berkshire, Massachusetts was descended from Thomas.
His son Increase migrated to Kentucky and
was the forebear of the country singing star Naomi Judd.
Naomi’s song Guardian
homage to Increase’s son Elijah Judd, a Kentucky farmer.

“Growing up in Kentucky
Naomi Judd’s family was dirt-poor – without the comforts of
running water, or a telephone. Naomi and
her daughter Wynonna would sing on the front porch; while her other
Ashley would engross herself in her books, pretending to be various

Other Judds
. There
were other Judds in America. One
Judd line began with Rowland Judd, born in
England in 1720, who was first recorded as an indentured servant in
Philadelphia in 1745 and later settled in North Carolina.
His sons John and Rowland fought at the
Battle of King’s Mountain during the Revolutionary War. Later
Judds of this family moved to Kentucky
and Tennessee. These Judds were
extensively covered in Peggy Gregory’s 1984 book Judd.

There were Mormon Judds who were in Utah later on.
One Thomas Judd came from Canada in 1849 (see
below). He died in Salt Lake City in
1886. Another Thomas Judd arrived from
England in 1864 and became a prominent local businessman.
in St. George, opened in 1911, remained family-operated
until 1982. Judd’s
home there, the Green Hedge Manor, is now listed as a historic inn.

Canada. Thomas
Judd of the
Judds in Connecticut was a Loyalist at the time of the Revolutionary
War and
departed for Leeds county, Ontario in the 1780’s. A
later Thomas Judd from Leeds county made
the journey the other way. A Mormon, he
departed with his family for Utah in 1849.

and New Zealand. William Judd from Sittingbourne in Kent
was an early settler in New Zealand, arriving at Port Nicholson in 1840
making his home with his family in the Lower Hutt area of NI.

Samuel and Elizabeth Judd
departed Hackney in London with their family for Australia in 1852
Caroline Chisholm’s family colonization scheme.
They bought land just outside Melbourne.
Their eldest son Samuel moved on first to South Australia and
then in
the 1870’s to Christchurch, New Zealand.
He was a strong supporter of the temperance movement there and
to 1927.

Judd Miscellany

If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:

Judd Names

Andrew Judde

was a Tudor merchant
in London who in 1553 endowed the Tonbridge School in Kent. Deacon
Thomas Judd
, an early settler in New England, was the forebear of
many of
the Judds in America.
Gerrit Judd was
an American missionary and advisor to the King in Hawaii.

The Judds
a successful country music singing duo featuring mother Naomi and
daughter Wynonna. Another daughter Ashley
Judd became a film

Select Judds Today

  • 6,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Kent)
  • 6,000 in America (most numerous in California)
  • 6,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)




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