Recorded in over seventy spelling forms ranging from the French Theodore, the Welsh and Romanian Tudor, the Italian Teodori, and the Portugese Teodoro, this ancient European surname with some royal antecedents, is of Greek origins. It derives from Theodoros, a compound containing the elements "theos", meaning god, plus "doron", a gift, hence; "God's gift". Given such a religious connection, it is hardly surprising that according to the Church Calendar, the name has been borne by no less than twenty-eight saints, and in consequence was popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. This was particularly so during the period in the 12th and 13th centuries when the Christian Church underwent a religious revival. In England the name was never so popular, but has long been associated with Wales and the border counties, in the baptismal and later surname forms of Tewdwr and Tudor. These names may date back to as early as the 6th century a.d. This was when the first Christians arrived from Ireland to convert the pagans to the ways of the righteous. Early examples of the surname recordings include John Tewdre, who in 1334 was recorded in "The Subsidy Rolls" of the county of Kent, England, whilst in Germany Michael Theodor was recorded in the charters of the town of Hartenstein, in 1557. The association with royalty comes through Owen Tudor, the grandfather of the later King Henry V11 of England. He was clerk of the wardrobe to Catherine of Valois, and was unfortunate enough to be captured at the battle of Mortimer's Cross, England, in 1461 and beheaded. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced taxation. Throughout the centuries surnames in every country have continued to "develop", often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Tudor — steht für das Haus Tudor, ein walisisches Geschlecht auf dem englischen Königsthron von 1485 bis 1603. Diesem Geschlecht entstammen u.a. folgende Personen: Owen Tudor (ca. 1400–1461), Stammvater des Hauses Tudor Arthur Tudor (1486–1502), Prinz… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Tudor — Tu dor, a. Of or pertaining to a royal line of England, descended from Owen Tudor of Wales, who married the widowed queen of Henry V. The first reigning Tudor was Henry VII.; the last, Elizabeth. [1913 Webster] {Tudor style} (Arch.), the latest… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tudor — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating or belonging to the English royal dynasty which held the throne from the accession of Henry VII in 1485 until the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. 2) referring to the prevalent architectural style of the Tudor period,… …   English terms dictionary

  • Tudor — (spr. tjūdör), engl. Dynastie, regierte von 1485–1603, leitete ihren Ursprung von einem Walliser Edelmann, Owen ap Mergent (Meredith) ap T. (Theodor), ab, der 1422 Katharina von Valois, die Witwe Heinrichs V. von England, heiratete und dadurch… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Tudor — 1779, from Welsh surname Tewdwr, used of the line of English sovereigns from Henry VII to Elizabeth I, descended from Owen Tudor, who married Catherine, widowed queen of Henry V. Applied from 1815 to a style of architecture prevalent during these …   Etymology dictionary

  • Tudor — Tudor1 [to͞o′dər, tyo͞o′dər] n. name of the ruling family of England (1485 1603), descended from Owen Tudor adj. designating or of a style of architecture popular under the Tudors: it is characterized by slightly rounded arches, shallow moldings …   English World dictionary

  • Tudor — (spr. Tjuhd r), der Name einer Dynastie, welche nach dem Hause Plantagenet 1485–1603 den Thron von England (s.d. Gesch. X.) inne hatte; sie leitet ihren Ursprung bis auf Owen ap Merodith ap T. (nach Einigen so v.w. Owen Theodor), einem… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Tudor — (spr. tjuhd r), engl. Königshaus (1485 1603). Der Stammvater, ein Waliser Edelmann, Owen T., heiratete 1422 Katharina von Frankreich, Witwe Heinrichs V.; sein Sohn Edmund T., Graf von Richmond, heiratete Margarete Beaufort, Erbtochter des Hauses… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Tudor — (Tjudörr), engl. Dynastie von 1485–1603, stammt von dem walis. Edelmann Owen ap Meridith ap T., den 1422 Margaretha, die Wittwe Heinrichs V., heirathete. Sein Sohn Edmund T. wurde durch Margaretha Beaufort, die Erbtochter des Hauses Lancaster,… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Tudor — famille d origine galloise qui régna sur l Angleterre de 1485 (avènement d Henri VII) à la mort d élisabeth Ire, en 1603. (V. Henri VII, Henri VIII, Édouard VI, Marie Ire et élisabeth Ire.) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Tudor — Tùdor DEFINICIJA ONOMASTIKA m. os. ime, v. Teodor …   Hrvatski jezični portal

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