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

The roots of the name Caudell are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. Caudell was originally found in Renfrrewshire. This place-name may also be derived from the Old English words caeld, which means cold, and welle, which means well, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a well that gave cold water.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. Caudell has been spelled Caldwell, Coldwell, Caldwill, Cauldwell, Cauldwill, Cawldwell, Guildwell, Calewell, Caldewell and many more.

First found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, at the Caldwell Tower, a mansion and old estate that dates back to 1294. The current Caldwell Tower stands on a mound, and is a small, free-standing tower that was probably built in the 16th century. It was fully restored in 2011 with the addition of a small extension. Caldwell is also a village and civil parish in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire. The Caudle variant may be related to a thickened and sweetened alcoholic hot drink so named. It was popular in the Middle Ages for its supposed medicinal properties and dates back to at least 1297.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caudell research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1342, 1500, 1628, 1679 and 1929 are included under the topic Early Caudell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Caudell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Caudell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

Caudell Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Phillipp Caudell, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Antho Caudell, who landed in Virginia in 1656

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  • Toran Caudell (b. 1982), American former actor, voice actor, and musician
  • Andrew Nelson Caudell (1872-1936), American entomologist who specialized in the study of grasshoppers, President of the Entomological Society of Washington (1915), and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Lane Caudell (b. 1952), American actor, known for The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire (1981), Days of Our Lives (1965) and Goodbye, Franklin High (1978)
  • David Caudell, American Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology at Virginia Tech


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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: Fac et spera
Motto Translation: Do and hope.

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