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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dudg"eon
  1. The root of the box tree, of which hafts for daggers were made.
  2. The haft of a dagger.
  3. A dudgeon-hafted dagger; a dagger.
noun Dudg"eon
Resentment; ill will; anger; displeasure.

Etymology: W. dygen anger, grudge

adjective Dudg"eon
Homely; rude; coarse.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A feeling of intense indignation (now used only in the phrase `in high dudgeon')

Apparently from Anglo-Norman or Middle French, but the ultimate origin is obscure.

  1. (obsolete) A kind of wood used especially in the handles of knives; the root of the box tree.
  2. (obsolete) A hilt made of this wood.
  3. (archaic) A dagger which has a dudgeon hilt.

Origin uncertain; perhaps the same as Etymology 1, above, or perhaps from Welsh dygen (“anger, grudge”).

  1. A feeling of anger or resentment (usually only in set terms, below).

    Notable Persons Named Dudgeon

    Dudgeon was born in 1837. Dudgeon is also known as John. He left this life in 1901.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Dudgeon

    Neil Dudgeon is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1987 to present. Neil was born on January 2nd, 1961 in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England.


    Gus Dudgeon was a pop music musician. He was most prominent from 1962 to 2002. Gus was born on September 30th, 1942 in Woking, Surrey, England. He passed away on July 21st, 2002.


    Joe Dudgeon is a soccer player for the Manchester United F.C., Carlisle United F.C., Hull City A.F.C., Barnsley F.C., and Northern Ireland national under-21 football team. Joe was born on November 26th, 1990 in Leeds, England. Joe is also known as Dudgeon and Joseph Patrick.


    Richard was born in 1819.


    Jeff Dudgeon is a Member of and Belfast City Council. Jeff was born in Belfast.


    Dudgeon was born in 1837. Dudgeon is also known as John. He left this life in 1901.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Dudgeon U.S.
      White 93.64% 64.26%
      African American 2.20% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.77% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.89% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.37% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.13% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Dudgeon

    People with the last name Dudgeon are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Dudgeon

    • How Popular is the name Dudgeon? As a last name Dudgeon was the 16,917th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Dudgeon first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Dudgeon is Monday, August 31st, 1903.
    • How unique is the name Dudgeon? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Dudgeon. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Dudgeon: Your name in reverse order is Noegdud. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Edgoudn. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Dudgeon? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,683 people with the last name Dudgeon.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dudgeon? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Dudgeon as their last name since less than 1 person in 175k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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