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Type Surname (from location & from given name)
Other Forms FormsRud

Meaning & History

German: From a pet form of a personal name formed with Old High German hrōd "fame", for example Rudolf or Rüdiger. See also Ruhe.
From Middle High German rude, rü(e)de "hound", probably applied as a nickname or as a metonymic occupational name for a keeper of hunting dogs.

Norwegian: The name ending derives of Old Norse ruð, meaning a "clearing/pasture".
Added 10/31/2007 by LMS
Edited 6/11/2016 by LMS