Hi John, I am trying to find out more about my Father (Arthur's) family. Dad died last October and until just a few weeks before his death I did not even know my Grandfather's name. Dad told me just before he died that his Father was called Ernest Ludden and that he (Ernest) was from an Irish family from "somewhere in the West" probably County Mayo. He died whilst my dad who was born in 1920 was still a boy and he and his brother Edwin spent time in an orphanage at Kearsal in Salford. My Grandmother Mary Elizabeth Ludden, was resident in Higher Broughton when Dad was born and later moved to Weaste, also in Salford. Dad could not even tell me where his dad was buried or even if it was in this area. Dad said that he thought his father had relatives living in Liverpool but he had never met them. His mother's maiden name was Burroughs and she had relatives in Sandbach, Cheshire and Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire but was apparently born in Scotland.
My Mother's family were from County Cork (Glynn) and came over just after my maternal granfather was born.
Your theory about the potato famine is probably correct. Some years ago I talked to another Manchester based Ludden (no relation to me) who had relatives in Chicago. They left Ireland during the Potato Famine. This lady informed me that there are loads of Luddens in the Chicago phone book. I was also told by a geneaologist that the name Ludden is related to Lydon and places such as Leyden and London (see previous messages) and that the name originates from a cult which worhsipped a Celtic God of the Hunt (Lug or Lud.)There are at least two other families of Luddens living in the Greater Manchester area, one in Rochdale and one in Moston, Manchester but whether they are related to each other I do not know.
If you know of any Ernest Luddens please let meknow or anything else which you know about the Ludden clan (do they call them clans in Ireland?). I currently live on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales but work in Bury (yes its a long way to commute) so i am aroud the GM area during the week. I am trying to get into the GM Records office to look at registers of births, deaths and marriages because none of the Parish registers for the areas of Salford where Dad's family lived have any record of an Ernest Ludden. Bit of a mystery that.