Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Todbury, Tudberry, Tudsbury, Tutbury
Category: 3 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way on a global basis.
Contact: Mrs Jennifer Tudbury
The study was registered with the Guild of One Name Studies in 2000.
My interest in the name started many years earlier when in 1963, I married Michael William Tudbury, I was informed by my new father in law Joseph Albert, who incidentally had nine siblings that I was now part of a family with an extremely unusual name. I was intrigued by this very proud family of tall strong men and decided that one day I would find out more about their history. That opportunity arose when I took early retirement in 1998.
A newsletter 'Tottas News' was issued on a biannual basis between 2001 and 2015. It is now available on CD to all interested persons on request.
* From the town of Tutbury in Staffordshire which took its name from the Anglo Saxon chieftain called Totta whence the stronghold of Toteberie or Tuttebury was formed ie ( Tottaâs Castle). In medieval records the town of Tutbury is sometimes also referred to as Tudbury and Tutesbury.
* From an extinct village in South Yorkshire called Todber that is the hill of a man named Totta. It is stated that the inhabitants took the name Tudberrie.
In either case the name is a locative one and derived from a place name.
So far definite identification back to Flintham, Nottinghamshire in 1656 has shown all of the names within the original worldwide study are indeed of one unique family. The earliest records for Tudsbury are found in the Manor Court Rolls for Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire in the 16th century. This name variation does not appear to exist in the Medieval Rolls of the 13th & 14th century although the deviant Tutesbury can occasionally found.
Today I believe there are about a total of about 200 people worldwide whose names fall within this study.
Today the name is distributed as follows;
Tudbury and Tudsbury in England and USA, Tudberry in England and Australia, Todbury in England, Tutbury in New Zealand and Australia.
All grants of probate since 1858 in England and Wales have also been recorded.
The above data can be found on the The Guild Website
The 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 census records for England and Wales have been researched and the data incorporated into the family trees herever possible. The 1911 Census is being researched and the data included into the family trees.
The one name study also includes numerous entries from Parish registers, details of wills pre 1858 and records found in the court rolls together with pedigrees submitted by Totta researchers
You may find our other Guild websites of interest: