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Where did the English Caldas family come from? What is the English Caldas family crest and coat of arms? When did the Caldas family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Caldas family history?

Caldas is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Caldas family lived in Norfolk, where they were Lords of the Castle of Cailly.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Caldas have been found, including Cailly, Calley, Callis, Cally, Caley, Cayley and many more.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caldas research. Another 297 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1661, 1610, 1681, 1602, 1667, 1640, 1635, 1708, 1654, 1727, 1663, 1717 and 1576 are included under the topic Early Caldas History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 175 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Caldas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Caldas were among those contributors:

Caldas Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Juan De Caldas, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1813
  • Maria De Caldas, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1813
  • Juan Caldas, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860
  • Mariano Caldas, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1866

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Callide et honeste
Motto Translation: Wisely and honourably.

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The Caldas Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Caldas Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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