I think we need to clarify the various
Ludden Lines. So far my research has found
Luddens of Irish, Dutch, German and English
lines. Some define Ludden as "of the valley".The variants of Ludden are Ledden Leddan, Liddan, Leyden and Laydan are anglizized forms of the Irish Gaelic "O'Loideain". The name is patronymic in origin, derived from the first name of the father of the initial bearer. The name indicates son of Loideain and believed to be from either the Gaelic Ludan meaning puddle, little pool or Lodain meaning "glen". Its usually anglicized as Liddane or Leyden. The forms Ledden or O'Ledden is almost exclusively found in Munster and the Lydan is the most common form in the counties of Galway and Mayo.Two Liddans of Castlebar Co, Mayo are thought to have been Jacobite supporters.The earliest recorded "Ludden" to come to the u.s. is William Laydon, 17, in 1635. My own family history says the Luddens have always spelled their names Ludden and that we came to Ireland with the
Normans. Hope this is helpful to everyone.
James Ludden, The Planter is English.
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