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Tschudi (variants: Schudy, Shudi, Schudi, Tschudy) is a surname common in the Canton of Glarus, Switzerland.


The Tschudi name can be traced back to 870. After Glarus joined the Swiss Confederation, and in 1352 various members of the family held high political offices at home, and were distinguished abroad as royalty soldiers and in other ways.

Several branches of the Tschudi family and their servants' families, who took on their masters' last name, first began immigrating to the United States in the mid-18th century (1700's), where the name Tschudi had its spelling changed to Judah, Judy, and Judey. All are in usage still.


Other people called Tschudi[edit]

  • Christopher (1571–1629) was a knight of Malta and a linguist, who served in the French and Spanish armies
  • Dominic (1596–1654) was abbot of Muri and wrote Origo et genealogia gloriosissimorum comitum de Habsburg (1651), second (enlarged) edition Muri, 1702 (cf. also E. Haller, Schweizerbibliothek, 1785, vol. II, No. 1904).
  • Iwan (1816–1887) was author of a guide-book to Switzerland, which appeared in 1875 under the name of Schweizerführer
  • Joseph was a Benedictine monk at Einsiedeln, wrote a history of his abbey (1823)
  • John Henry (1670–1729) wrote Beschreibung des Lands Glarus (1714)
  • John Thomas (1714–1788) left several manuscripts on the local history of Glarus
  • John James (1722–1784) compiled a family history from 900 to 1500
  • John Louis Baptist (died 1784) was a naturalist who settled in Metz
  • Frederick (1820–1886) was the author of Das Thierleben der Alpenwell (1853)
  • John Jacob Tschudy (1826-1899) helped manage the colony of New Glarus, Wisconsin from 1846 to 1852
  • Lill (1911–2004) was a Swiss painter and linocut artist
  • Louis Leonard (1700–1779) and Joseph Anthony (1703–1770) were brothers and both worked in the Neapolitan service
  • Valentine (1499–1555) was a pupil of Huldrych Zwingli, whom he afterwards succeeded as pastor of Glarus, where his services were attended by both Romanists and Protestants