Name Origins

Where did the surname Hudspeth originate?

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Hudspeth is a place name meaning Richard or Hugh's Path. In the

1400s you might call yourself Thomas of Hud's Path, indicating that

you were Thomas and you came from the path toward the original home

of the Hudspeths. It is of English origin, north of Hadrian's Wall

and south of the boarder with Scotland.

For the most part, Hudspeth's seem to have left Corbridge after


For those who care to look, the original family house can be found

in Northunmbria, United Kingdom. It is 1.25 miles or about 2 km

from a town named Otterburn, 19 miles from Morpeth and 29 from New


Anna Ford's records indicated that a Hudspeth female married a man

and lived in Adnon Castle at a time when it was owned by a lawyer

in London (1690's). In 1724 Thomas Hudspeth married a Jane Robson

of Aydon Castle though the church records do not indicate where

they lived.

In 1761 another Thomas Hudspeth was slain by soldiers while joining

other Hexam villagers in resisting an unjust tax.

The Crest can be found in Fairbairn's Crests of the Families of

Great Britain and Ireland (1986 edition) Page 249.

Some other notes from Anna Ford's books (credited to: History of

Corbridge Vol. 10)

Pg. 221 July 1653. There been a court baron kept the new dwelling

house of Edward Hudspeth at Corbridge called Prior Manor, at the

will of the Lord, but of long time discontinued. He Earl of

Northumberland is the chief Lord of the Manor of Corbridge and have

all the royalties belonging to the same.

Pg. 203 2nd or 25th February 1621/2. Office against Gilbert

Hudspeth for disturbing Peter Langlands, the church warden and

pulling him out of his pew with violence: and the church warden

craving the King's peace on him, Gilbert Hudspeth said he should

neither have the King's peace or any other peace.

A parliamentary survey of Corbridge mentions the mansion House and

tithes thereof belonging in the holding of Thomas Hudspeth


Edward Hudspeth was apparently a popular man or name. 1589 Edward

was Alderman in the city of Durham. 1677 Edward was a church warden

Alnwick Parish

Thomas Hudspeth is listed as a Gentalman Freeholder in 1628.

Robert De Hodespeth witness to a deed 1334. Not sure if related or


"on the eleventh of August following the King granted for life to

Roger Grey, the office of bailiff of Corbridge, England, as Robert

de Hodyspethe held it under the grant of the Earl of

Northumberland, the grant pertaining to the King on a count of the

Earl's forfeiture" 1405-1408.

More stuff:

Three Hudspeth brothers, Ralph, Cuthbert and John, came across to

America about 1675. They landed in Jamestown, VA. As far as is

known, Cuthbert never married nor had children. John, a minor at

the time, changed his name to Hedgepeth to avoid being found and

sent back. Most of the Hudspeths in the U.S. are traced back to


Hudspeth's arrived in 1735(?) fought in the Revolutionary war.

Six Hudspeth brothers fought in the Civil war, one died as a

prisoner in New Jersey. They were slave owners, and they fought for

the South. Just prior to the Civil War, the Hudspeth's sold all

their property, intending to move to Kansas City. The war broke

out, and knowing their cause was just, they raised a company, i.e.

invested it into a company of solders.

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