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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.

Famous People Named Dudley

Dudley DeGroot, former American football coach
Dudley R. Herschbach, American chemist and Nobel prize winner
Dudley Moore, English actor
Dudley Senanayake, 2nd prime minister of Ceylon
The Dudley Boyz, American pro wrestling tag team
Dudley Carleton, 1st Viscount Dorchester, Elizabethan secretary of state
Dudley Simpson, Australian composer

Pop Culture References for the Name Dudley

Dudley Dursley, character in the Harry Potter series
Dudley Ramsey, character from TV's "Diff'rent Strokes"
Dudley Do-Right, character in animated series "Rocky & Bullwinkle"
Dudley Borough, West Midlands, England.