The English and Welsh surname Rudd, also found in Ireland,is a nickname for a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion, from the Middle English term rudde, Old English rud meaning “red. Or ruddy” The name dates to the 12th Century with a record of Gerard Rudde in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire in 1189. The earliest record of the name in the New World is in 1661 when Nathaniel Rudd arrived in Maryland from England. Today there are approximately 14,000 bearers of the name Rudd living in the United States.
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