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Origins of the Hudson surname

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What does the name Hudson mean?

The Hudson surname is an English patronymic name, found in records dating back to the 1300s. It was given to those who were the son or descendant of people named 'Hudd' (a diminutive of Richard), or 'Hugh'. The name is most often found in the North and Midlands of England, and is far less commonly found south of London.

Alternative variations of the name Hudson

Hudson, Hutson, Hudsone, Huttson, Hutsone

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Where do most Hudsons live?

In 1921, most Hudsons lived in Yorkshire.

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Interesting facts about Hudsons

How common is your surname?

127th most common surname in the UK

We have 254,000 records for the Hudson surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were Hudsons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Hudson first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Hudsons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Hudsons in 1921


Cotton Weaver


General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant




Common Male occupations for Hudsons in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner


General Labourer




Farm Labourer


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