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This is an interesting and unusual name of English origin and is the patronymic (son of) form of Rudge. There are two possible sources of origin of this name, the first is that it is topographical, or locational from villages so called in Shropshire and Gloucestershire, with the derivation from the Middle English 'rudge' a ridge. Secondly it could be a nickname surname given to a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion which derives from the Olde French 'R(o)uge', Red. During the Middle Ages, when people migrated from their birth place to seek work else where they would adopt the place name as a means of identification.

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