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

Dudley Origin and Meaning

The name Dudley is a boy's name of English origin meaning "Dudda's meadow".

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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ParanoidAndroid Says:


An unusual name that is long due for a revival. While Dudley Dursley’s character does little justice to this classic, Dudley has enough charisma and charm to possibly suffice the next generation. After all, who wouldn’t want a “Studly”, “Buddy”, or “Cuddly” Dudley? Famed comedian and pianist Dudley Moore is the cherry on top of Dudley’s repute. Dropping off the charts in 1970, this name is long overdue for a comeback within the next few years.

91flaviaj Says:


Only a nasty, spoiled boy comes into my head. I grew up reading Harry Potter, sorry ...

Bobcat108 Says:


I'm not sure how many people who are currently naming babies know who Dudley Moore was...I would guess that they'd much more likely remember Dudley as the name of Harry Potter's spoiled & unpleasant cousin.

clairelaliberte Says:


A bit heavy to me.