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prénom masculin, fête le 11 mai
Déclinaisons du prénom breton : Tudy - Tudeg
Origine du prénom
Le voyageur saint Tudi fonda son ermitage en Cornouaille au Ve siècle.
Il est le patron de l'île Tudy, de Loctudy et de Port-Tudi, sur l'île de Groix.
Catholiques en France
Plusieurs localités de Bretagne perpétue sa mémoire et le célèbrent encore, ce qui est la preuve qu'il a marqué son époque en Bretagne, même si sa vie ne nous est pratiquement pas connue. Il aurait été le disciple de saint Guénolé et le collaborateur de saint Corentin. Loctudy-29125
There is no ancient written life of St Tudy but he is mentioned in the lives of two other famous Breton (and Cornish) saints, Maudez (Mawes) and Corentin (Cury). From these we know, that Tudy was a 6th century monk and active missionary. He was one of three monks proposed as the first Bishop of Cornouaille but the final vote went to St Corentin, and Tudy was made an Abbot in charge of a monastery.
Tudy founded monasteries and churches on the north and west coasts of Brittany and other chapels bearing his name were founded by monks taught by him. In the fine Norman church of Loc-Tudy, Brittany, there is a 15th century statue of St Tudy. Other nearby places are Ile-Tudy and Port-Tudy; and rheumatism sufferers invoke the saint at Fontaine S. Tudy. Tudy is also patron saint of two large islands off the south coast of Brittany.
The parish in Cornwall is near the River Camel so it is in easy reach of Brittany. It is unlikely that Tudy himself visited here so it is probable that our church was founded here 1,400 years ago by one of his monks. However, one French guidebook suggests that Tudy first went to Brittany from Cornwall; we have no evidence to prove it wrong!
St Tudy feast day is celebrated on 11th May. In the past the patronal festival has been celebrated here on 23rd May, as it is in Loc-Tudy. This may date from after 1752, when the Gregorian Calendar was introduced into England resulting in many events being moved on 11 days.