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

The name Dudley is a boy's name of English origin meaning "Dudda's meadow". Dudley and is often added to lists like Names from Harry Potter and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name Association Game".

From the experts:

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 Sargent DeGroot, American NFL football coach
Dudley Robert Herschbach, American chemist and Nobel prize winner
Dudley Stuart John 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
Dudley Wrangel Clarke, British WWII general
(Howard) Dudley Hart, American golfer
Dudley Nichols, American screenwriter

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.
Dudley, character in video game "Street Fighter"


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.