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OTHER SCRIPTS: Дудаев, ДудагӀеран (Chechen), Дудайты (Ossetian), Дудаев (Russian)
PRONOUNCED: [dʊˈda(ɪ̯)ɪf] (Russian) (Ossetian)
OTHER FORMS: Dudayeva, Dudaev, Dudayty
Meaning & History
Russified form of a Chechen and Ossetian family name of disputed meaning; the name may be derived from Ossetian дудахъхъ (dudaqq)
meaning "bustard", from Ingush тат (tat)
meaning "Mountain Jew", or from Circassian дадэ (dade)
meaning "grandfather" or "king, head, chief". A notable bearer was Dzhokhar
Dudayev (1944-1996), the former president of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.