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The DUDLEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 34,770 912 0.013 129
United States (1880 census) 10,516 566 0.021 210
Change since 1880 +24254 -346 -0.008 -81
Other Countries
Australia 1,120 1478 0.007 69
United Kingdom 6,596 964 0.014 144
Top States for DUDLEY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 2,870 952 0.014 138
Virginia 2,416 347 0.034 341
California 2,249 1545 0.007 66
Florida 2,136 999 0.013 134
North Carolina 1,858 659 0.023 231
Top States for DUDLEY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 484 519 0.038 380
Vermont 228 395 0.037 374
Virginia 2,416 347 0.034 341
Alabama 1,332 594 0.030 300
New Hampshire 294 677 0.024 238


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called DUDLEY live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called DUDLEY represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called DUDLEY in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a DUDLEY by picking someone at random in Maine than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of DUDLEY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the DUDLEY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the DUDLEY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of DUDLEY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 588 1.69
White (Hispanic) 553 1.59
Native American/Alaskan 226 0.65
Asian/Pacific 139 0.4
White (Caucasian) 23,880 68.68
Black/African American 9,384 26.99

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the DUDLEY surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of DUDLEY in historical publications

(origin: Local) A town in Worcestershire, England, so called from the old English Dode-ley, the place of the dead, a burying-ground. Dodelig, in the Danish, signifies pale, death-like, mortal; so also the Dutch Doodelijk, and German Todlich. Duv-da-lethe, in the Gaelic and Celtic, which has been corrupted to Dudley, has the same signification.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

DUDLEY. A town and castle in co. Worcester. In Norman times it was the fief of the De Someries, whose descendants wei'e barons by tenure, though, as Sir H. Nicolas observes, it is questionable whether their title Avas that of " Dudley." So far as I see, no noble family called Dudley Avas ever possessor of that barony. * Dudley, one of the notorious extortioners of Henry VII., claimed to be a descendant of the Suttons, barons Dudley, and his father is said to have assumed the name of Dudley, though a more probable account makes him a travelling carpenter. Mouasticon, v. 5.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to DUDLEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as DUDLEY.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

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Potential typos for DUDLEY

The following words are slight variants of DUDLEY that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.