The English surname Scudder is an occupational name for a scout or spy, or a nickname for someone who behaved like one, from the Middle English term scut meaning “scout”(Old French escoute, from escouter ‘to listen’). The first written reference to the name is in 1183 when Godwin Scut is recorded in the "Pipe Rolls of Norfolk." One notable bearer, recorded in the "Dictionary of National Biography" was Henry Scudder (deceased 1659), a divine of Christ's College, Cambridge, who was presented to the living of Collingbourne-Ducis in 1633. He was a member of the committee for scriptures in 1648, and he published various works, including "The Christian's Daily Walke in Holy Securitie and Peace".
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