My 4th great grandfather had the surname Judah.

Before coming to the U.S in the early 1800's it was spelled Juddah.

I'm trying to understand if this is a true Jewish last name and if someone could tell me how to further trace my lineage?

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    For what its worth, according to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judah_%28surname%29 "Judah is a Jewish surname". – mevaqesh Aug 10 '15 at 21:35
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    Hi Stephanie! There's a great book by Dan Rottenberg called "Finding Our Fathers-A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy" that will help get you started. There's a list of surnames in the back - a couple of thousand - and for JUDAH it says there's a family in Newport, RI going back to the 1600's, a Russian family fm Grodno going back to the 1500's, also families fm Jamaica and Surinam. It says the American family is related to the Hilbert, Seikas, Hendricks, Jonas, Hart, Levy, Correa and Hays families. Also, the Russian Judahs are related to the Ioudich and Danovich families. Good luck! – Gary Aug 10 '15 at 22:52
  • Also, it says there are a few dozen biographies of members of the Judah family in the Jewish Encyclopedia. – Gary Aug 10 '15 at 22:53
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    I've edited the question title and tagged the question to bring it in line with our site guidelines. I've also removed the signature because the system signs all of our posts for us with our user cards. Welcome, Stephanie -- you can find out more about our site by taking the tour or reading the information in the help center. Thanks to our friends on judaism.stackexchange.com for the information about the Judah surname. – Jan Murphy Aug 12 '15 at 19:32
  • Welcome to G&FH SE! It seems like there is sufficient information in a comment from Mi Yodeya (before it was migrated) to answer the first part of your question so I think you should try to now focus it on the second. I suspect that the best way to get started on that would be by providing some details about your 4th great grandfather. From a timeline of what you know about him the way to try to find out more is likely to become clearer. – PolyGeo Aug 12 '15 at 22:16

To provide an answer here I am going to use quotes from two comments on your question.

From @Gary:

There's a great book by Dan Rottenberg called "Finding Our Fathers-A Guidebook to Jewish Genealogy" that will help get you started. There's a list of surnames in the back - a couple of thousand - and for JUDAH it says there's a family in Newport, RI going back to the 1600's, a Russian family fm Grodno going back to the 1500's, also families fm Jamaica and Surinam. It says the American family is related to the Hilbert, Seikas, Hendricks, Jonas, Hart, Levy, Correa and Hays families. Also, the Russian Judahs are related to the Ioudich and Danovich families.

and from @mevaqesh:

according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judah_%28surname%29 "Judah is a Jewish surname".

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