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

The Anglo-Saxon name Carden comes from when the family resided in the village of Carden in the county of Cheshire. This surname is derived from the Old English word cairn which was a rock structure, often as simple as a small pile of stones, serving as a memorial or marker of an important place. The surname may have also used been used as a nickname for a stubborn person. In such a case, it would have been derived from the word Cardon, meaning thistle.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Carden include Carden, Cardon, Cardin, Cawarden and others.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carden research. Another 235 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Carden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Carden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Carden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 156 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

  • Henry, James, John, Patrick, Richard and William Carden, all within ten years

Carden Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • William Carden, who landed in Maryland in 1740

Carden Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • N Carden, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • N. Carden settled in New York in 1811
  • Edward Carden, aged 23, landed in Missouri in 1844
  • Patrick Carden arrived in Philadelphia in 1851
  • Francisco Carden, aged 46, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1856


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  • Cap Robert Carden (1866-1935), U.S. Representative from Kentucky
  • Billy Carden (1924-2004), American stock car racing pioneer and an early NASCAR competitor
  • Sir John Valentine Carden (1892-1935), British tank and vehicle designer
  • Joan Maralyn Carden (b. 1937), Australian operatic and concert soprano


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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: Fide et amore
Motto Translation: By fidelity and love.

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The Carden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carden 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.

This page was last modified on 1 February 2014 at 11:17.

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