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Gender: M Meaning of Dudley: "Dudda's meadow" Origin of Dudley: English

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It's easy to love a name that rhymes with "cuddly" and is also attached to the surname Do-Right -- once you ignore the "dud" connection.

Dudley has aristocratic roots--the name was originally famous via a sixteenth century noble British family, one member of which, Robert Dudley, came close to marrying Queen Elizabeth I.

Dudley was the name of the angel played by Cary Grant in "The Bishop's Wife," later remade with Denzel Washington in the role, while Dudley Dursley is a Harry Potter character. The name's most well known bearer in modern times was comic actor Dudley Moore.

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Famous People Named Dudley

Dudley DeGroot, former American football coach
Dudley R. Herschbach, American chemist and Nobel prize winner

Pop Culture References for the Name Dudley

Dudley Dursley, Harry Potter's cousin
Dudley Ramsey, character from the show Diff'rent Strokes
Dudley Do-Right, character in the Dudley Do-Right section of the Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoon