The Tudberry Name

Tudberry is an unusual name. There seem to be a variety of spelling variations (eg. Tudbery, Tudberie, Tudbury) - it's likely that all of these names derive from the English location name Tutbury.

My family settled in St Albans (SE England) in the 1930s, my father's family are originally from South Shields (NE England), going back some generations. We have relations around the Hertfordshire area, Norfolk, Aldershot and Dunstable (England) - and more distand relations in Australia (probably Queensland) and Idaho, US. I know of other Tudberry/Tudbury families (in the UK) Sheffield, Mexborough, Nottingham, Tyneside, Bristol. There seem to be very few of us, so we are likely to be related related. 


Here's some information about the Tutbury name:

Tutbury (Staffordshire, England), is celebrated for its ruined castle, once the seat of the Mercian kings, and afterwards the Earls and Dukes of Lancaster. It was anciently a market town, and is still a large and respectable village, pleasantly seated on the south bank of the River Dove, which separates it from Derbyshire, five miles NW of Burton-upon-Trent. Tutbury parish comprises 4,000 acres of land, including 777 acres in the Tutbury Ward of Needwood Forest, and 1,798 souls. The Queen, as Duchess of Lancaster, is lady of the manor, and owns about 2,000 acres of the soil, let to several lessees. The rest of the parish belongs to Sir Oswald Mosley, Captain Townshend, and several other freeholders/copyholders, owing 'suit and service' to the court of the Honour of Tutbury.

The Honour of Tutbury was a tightly knit honour of numerous thegns land around the castle at Tutbury. This was first given to 'Hugh' who moved to become earl of Chester. The honour then went to Henry de Ferrers. The castle at Tutbury was a strategic position and so became an important one.

There was an abbey of Benedictine monks at Tutbury who gained land through the honour. However, the main abbey which benefited from the de Ferrers was Merevale. Tutbury Church, St Mary, is a large edifice, with an embattled tower, standing on a declivity near the castle, and finely decorated with beautiful specimens of Saxon architecture. It formed part of the old priory church, founded in 1080.

The 'Trumbull' family name website suggests that the Tutbury name was acquired through any achievement, perhaps resulting from a daring act in the brutal sport of bull running. This was popular from time immemorial up to the last century, being particularly associated with Tutbury. Quite why why Tutbury is associated with bull running is a mystery to me!


Here are some documents detailing the results of our research into the Tudberry name:

List of Tudberry names (+variants), to 1562 (xls)


Measham and the Lea Valley site

Genuki UK & Ireland Geneaolgy

Trumble-Trumbull Family Site