My Cruddas study is very new, from the basic, which I did a few years ago, to only a few weeks ago when I joined the Guild and decided to go ahead. I have a lot of data to enter, so this will be a slow process, but I'll get there. I am still learning about the site and as I am not very computer literate, this too, will be slow.
I have gathered the 1939 Register on Cruddas, Croudace and Cruddace and also a more up to date list which I think may be the electoral roll of a few years ago, as I know at least one relative who has died and another who has moved. This will be my big, on going project to contact as many of these people as possible, there are 395 of them, 86 of whom are families, thankfully.
The name, it seems, originates in Scotland, and comes from the name Carruthers, but I have yet to prove that to myself, although I would like it to be true as my male line is Scottish. But, the main gathering of the Cruddas people has always been in the North East of England, around the Newcastle area, Co Durham and north Yorkshire. My family come from the Penshaw, Chester le Street, New Herrington but a couple or three generations back a grandparent was born in Northumberland.
Sadly my only remaining male relative I feel I could ask to take a DNA test (the other is in his late 90's), is reluctant to do so. So, in that event I have taken one myself and am waiting to see where that leads, if anywhere. John has now taken a Y-DNA test, but that has not brought us any further as nowhere amoungs his matches is the name Cruddas!
I have a Cruddas Genealogy Group Facebook page, which I am hoping to build, only about 12 members at the moment and I have just started a blog. But, the name isn't common and I can't find anyone else who is really interested, but I live in hopes.
So, watch this space, it may very well just grow!
My autosomal Family Finder DNA test has given me quite a few matches, but again none that are easily related to Cruddas, however I have just received my Ancestry results and YES we are there, even the correct family line back to my gggg grandfather! At last a result!!
28th February 2017, further information about the name origin-
Descriptive Writing introductory reference
From the lands of Carruthers in the parish of Middlebie, Dumfriesshire, in local speech pronounced Cridders. Henderson (N. I., p. 202) renders the place name "fort of Rydderch, the King Roderc of Adamnan," but Watson more cautiously says "the second part is probably a personal name" (I, p. 368). The family of Carruthers were in the thirteenth century stewards of Annandale under the Bruces. Simon Carruthers, parson of Middlebie, swore fealty to Edward I (HMC., 6 Rep., App., p. 709). About 1320 Thomas, son of John de Carutherys received a charter of the whole lands of Musfald and Appiltretwayt with pertinents (RMS., I, 92). Sir Nigel de Karrutheris, a cleric, who obtained the rectory of Rivel (Ruthwell) in 1330 (Pap. Left., II, p. 307) is mentioned again in 1337 and 1351 as Nigel de Carrothorys, canon of Glasgow (ibid., p. 540; RMP., p. 140). In 1340 we find Sir Nigel de Karuther high chamberlain to the Regent (ER., I, p. 458,462), and in 1344, as Sir Nigel de Carother, he is named as chancellor of Robert Steward of Scotland (Laing, 39). A charter was granted at Moysfald in 1361 in favor of John de Carotheris (HMC., 6. Rep., App., p. 710), Simon de Carrutheris witnessed a deed in 1394 (RMP., p. 108), and John of Carrutheris was one of the 'borowis' for the earl of Douglas's bounds of the West March in 1398 (Bain, IV, 512). Sym of Carruthers was commissioner for the West Marches in 1429 (ibid., 404), and John Carruthers was keeper of Louchmabane Castle in 1446 (ER., V, p. 284,521). Alexander Caruderis had sasine of the lands of Glengapp and Gerartgill (Garragill) in 1468 (PSAS., XXIII, p. 38). William de Carrutheris, presbyter of Glasgow in 1460 is probably Schyr Wylyame of Carruderys, persoun of Daltone (LCD., p. 198,254). The Carruthers were included in the roll of unruly clans In the West Marches in 1587 (APS., III, p. 466). Carrotheris 1361 Carrutheris 1375, Carruderes 1572, Carruderis 1537, Carrothyris (in Wyntoun), Carrutheriis 1330, Carruthirs 1398, Carrutheres 1628, Carruthoris 1405, Caruderis 1468, Caruders 1673, Carutheris 1370, Caruthuys a, 1329, Caruthris 1370, Caruyeris 1452.
— The Surnames of Scotland (1946) by George Fraser Black (1866-1948)
This surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Carruthers,' a hamlet in the parish of Middlebie, Dumfriesshire.
Simon Carruders, Northumberland, temp. Edward VI.
1616-7. John Murrey and Jane Carrutherers: Marriage Lic (Westminster).
1622. George Caruthers and Elizabeth Tilstone: Marriage Lic. (London).
1772. Married — Walter Carruthers and Susannah Robinson: St. George, Hanover Square.
— A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, written: 1872-1896 by Charles Wareing Endell Bardsley
Carruthers__: The Scottish name of Carruthers was originally derived from a hamlet in Dumfriesshire. Cardew, a family name now rare in these counties, was the name of an ancient manor in Dalston, Cumberland, of which the Cardews, or Cardews, were the lords as far back as the 12th century (H.).
— Homes of Family Names in Great Britain (1890) by Henry Brougham Guppy
A hamlet in the parish of Middlebie, co. Dumfries.
— Patronymica Britannica, written: 1838-1860 by Mark Antony Lower