"Dudda's meadow"

Dudley Origin and Meaning

The name Dudley is 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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Famous People Named Dudley

  • Dudley RandallAfrican,American poet and civil rights activist
  • Dudley Sargent DeGrootAmerican NFL football coach
  • Dudley Robert HerschbachAmerican chemist and Nobel prize winner
  • Dudley Stuart John MooreEnglish actor
  • Dudley SuttonEnglish actor best known for TV's "Lovejoy"
  • Dudley Senanayake2nd prime minister of Ceylon
  • Sir Alfred "Dudley" PoundEnglish admiral of the fleet who fought in WWI
  • The Dudley BoyzAmerican pro wrestling tag team
  • Dudley O’ShaughnessyEnglish boxer and model
  • Dudley FosterEnglish TV actor
  • Dudley “Declaime” PerkinsAmerican rapper
  • Sir Dudley RyderEnglish lawyer, politician, and member of the House of Commons
  • Dudley Carleton1st Viscount Dorchester, Elizabethan secretary of state
  • Dudley SimpsonAustralian composer
  • Dudley Wrangel ClarkeBritish WWII general
  • (Howard) Dudley HartAmerican golfer
  • Dudley NicholsAmerican screenwriter
  • Anne Dudley Bradstreet17th century Puritan poet

Dudley in Pop Culture

  • Dudley Dursleycharacter in the Harry Potter series
  • Dudley Ramseycharacter from TV's "Diff'rent Strokes"
  • Dudley DoRight, character in animated series "Rocky & Bullwinkle"
  • Dudley Heinsburgencharacter from the movie “The Royal Tenenbaums”
  • Dudley BoroughWest Midlands, England.
  • DudleyAngel in “The Bishop’s Wife”
  • Dudleycharacter in video game "Street Fighter"
  • Dudley Puppylead character in TV’s “T.U.F.F Puppy”
  • “Then Comes Dudley”a song by The Jesus Lizard (1991)