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

Chadwick is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Chadwick family lived in the parish of Rochdale in Lancashire. They were granted the lands near Chadwick in this area by William the Conqueror shortly after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Chadwick are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Chadwick include Chadwick, Chadwicke, Chadwyck, Chaddick, Chadwich, Shadduck and many more.

First found in Staffordshire 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chadwick research. Another 236 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1080 and 1335 are included under the topic Early Chadwick History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Chadwick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 96 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Chadwick, or a variant listed above:

Chadwick Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Charles Chadwick who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Charles Chadwick, who landed in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1631
  • Jno Chadwick, who landed in Virginia in 1657

Chadwick Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Chadwick settled in Potomac Maryland in 1728

Chadwick Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Chadwick, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Thomas Chadwick, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • John Chadwick, who arrived in New York in 1819
  • Richard Chadwick, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1835
  • William Read Chadwick, aged 20, landed in New York in 1849


  • Bill Chadwick (1915-2009), first American-born referee to serve in the National Hockey League
  • George Whitefield Chadwick (1854-1931), American composer, he wrote the overture "Rip Van Winkle" while in Leipzig and Munich
  • Alan Chadwick (1909-1980), English master gardener and leading innovator of organic farming techniques
  • John Chadwick (1920-1998), English ling Uist and classical scholar
  • Sir James Chadwick CH, FRS (1891-1974), English physicist and Nobel laureate (1935)
  • Sir Edwin Chadwick KCB (1801-1890), English social reformer
  • Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003), English artist and sculptor
  • Roy Chadwick CBE, FRAeS (1893-1947), English aeronautical engineer famous in particular for designing the Avro Lancaster bomber
  • Henry Chadwick KBE (1920-2008), British academic and Church of England clergyman
  • Tim Chadwick (1962-2010), New Zealand artist, motoring enthusiast and author


  • Genealogy of Chadwick, King, and Allied Families by Darline Chadwick.
  • A Genealogy of the Chadick and Chaddick (Also the Chadwick Family) Family Lines of the United States by William D. Chadick.

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: In candore decus
Motto Translation: There is honour in sincerity.


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  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Chadwick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chadwick 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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