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Type Surname
Scripts Дудаев, ДудагӀеран(Chechen) Дудайты(Ossetian) Дудаев(Russian)
Pronounced Pron. [dʊ.ˈda.jɪf](Russian) [dʊ.ˈda.ɪf](Russian)  [key·simplify]
Other Forms FormsDudayeva, 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.
Added 1/27/2016 by HL
Edited 2/12/2020 by Mike C and HL