Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Swiss German and South German: from a short form, Ruodo, or a Germanic personal name formed with hrōd ‘renown’ (see Rudolf).
  2. German (of Slavic origin): from Slavic rudy ‘red’, applied as a nickname for someone with red hair or a metonymic occupational name for a metalworker or miner (from ruda ‘red earth’).
  3. Norwegian: habitational name from any of over fifteen farmsteads so named, from Old Norse ruð ‘clearing’.
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