Scripts Дудаев, ДудагӀеран (Chechen), Дудайты (Ossetian), Дудаев (Russian)
Pronounced Pron. [dʊˈda(ɪ̯)ɪf] (Russian) (Ossetian)
Other Forms FormsDudayeva, Dudaev, Dudayty
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Contributor Contrib.highexpectasians on 1/27/2016
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.