The English and Scottish surname Dodd is of patronymic origin, meaning son of Dodd. The personal name Dodd is from the Middle English personal name Dodde, Dudde, or the Old English Dodda, Dudda, which remained in fairly widespread and frequent use in England until the 14th century. It seems to have been originally a byname, it may come from a Germanic root used to describe a short, plump man. The name Dodd is also found in Ireland having been taken to county Sligo in the 16th century by a Shropshire family. A notable bearer of the name Dodd is the comedian Ken Dodd.