What does Dudley mean?

Definitions for Dudley
ˈdʌd lidud·ley

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Dudley.

Did you actually mean doyley or diddly?


  1. Dudleynoun

    A town in the West Midlands.

  2. Dudleynoun

    A town and metropolitan borough of the West Midlands, England.

  3. Dudleynoun

    A habitational surname, notably of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester at the time of Elizabeth I.

  4. Dudleynoun

    A male given name transferred from the surname, of 19th century and later usage.

  5. Etymology: "wood or clearing of Dudda (a personal name of unknown meaning)".


  1. Dudley

    Dudley is a large market town and administrative centre in the county of West Midlands, England, 5.5 miles (8.9 km) southeast of Wolverhampton and 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Birmingham. Historically an exclave of Worcestershire, the town is the administrative centre of the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley; in 2011 it had a population of 79,379. The Metropolitan Borough, which includes the towns of Stourbridge and Halesowen, had a population of 312,900. In 2014 the borough council named Dudley as the capital of the Black Country.Originally a market town, Dudley was one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution and grew into an industrial centre in the 19th century with its iron, coal, and limestone industries before their decline and the relocation of its commercial centre to the nearby Merry Hill Shopping Centre in the 1980s. Tourist attractions include Dudley Zoo and Castle, the 12th century priory ruins, and the Black Country Living Museum.


  1. Dudley

    Dudley is a large town in the West Midlands county of England, and the administrative and financial centre of the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley. At the 2001 census, the Dudley Urban Sub-Area had a population of 194,919, with the wider metropolitan borough having an estimated population of 312,900 as of the 2011 census, making it one of the most populous districts in England, the second largest town in the United Kingdom behind Reading, and the largest UK borough without its own university. Dudley is part of the West Midlands conurbation, and is located 6 miles south of the city of Wolverhampton and 8 miles north west of the city of Birmingham. It is the largest town in the Black Country region of England, and for many years the town formed part of an exclave of the county of Worcestershire. Despite the more recent changes in county borders, the town still remains part of the Anglican Diocese of Worcester. Dudley Metropolitan Borough unsuccessfully bid to receive city status in 2012, losing out to Chelmsford, Perth, and St. Asaph.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Dudley

    the largest town in Worcestershire, 8½ m. NW. of Birmingham, in the heart of the "Black Country," with coal-mines, iron-works, and hardware manufactures.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Dudley

    From the castle built by Dodo, a Saxon prince, and ley, “meadow.”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dudley is ranked #972 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dudley surname appeared 35,781 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 12 would have the surname Dudley.

    65.9% or 23,601 total occurrences were White.
    27.6% or 9,901 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 937 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 887 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 265 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 186 total occurrences were Asian.

How to pronounce Dudley?

How to say Dudley in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dudley in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dudley in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Dudley in a Sentence

  1. Dudley Brown:

    We fully support law-abiding citizens and their right to defend themselves from violent Antifa thugs, kyle Rittenhouse was doing Kyle Rittenhouse best to protect business owners from losing their entire livelihoods when criminal actors instigated violence against Kyle Rittenhouse, Dudley Brown said. Unfortunately for them, Kyle Rittenhouse was armed with an AR-15 and their rocks, skateboards, and handguns stood no chance against Kyle Rittenhouse well-placed shots.

  2. Dudley Sharp:

    So often, it seems, that willful ignorance is, now, the default position for absolute certainty. Dudley Sharp, 2019

  3. Mark Sherman:

    To be clear, after investigation, Chris Dudley was never arrested by Yale or New Haven Police, was never charged with a crime, and never set foot in court.

  4. Gennadiy Goldberg:

    After such a strong move there are a lot of investors trying to get their bearings on where things go next, we'll see whether Dudley actually lets the higher pricing for June stand or whether he tries to lean against, but it's tough for investors to see where the next move in rates is going without seeing what the remarks from Dudley will be.

  5. Dane Schiller:

    It appeared on further, recent investigation that Mr. Dudley, who had been with his wife in Ohio for over 43 years, never visited Texas until he was arrested last year.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for Dudley

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for Dudley »


Find a translation for the Dudley definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"Dudley." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 1 Oct. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/Dudley>.

Discuss these Dudley definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for Dudley? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    make uniform
    • A. knead
    • B. huff
    • C. fluster
    • D. caddie

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for Dudley: