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

The surname Coldiron was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is derived from the Old French "chalderonnier" or "cauderonnier," meaning "a maker of cauldrons."

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Coldiron include Calderon, Calderone, Cauldron, Cawdron, Coldron, Caldron and many more.

First found in Yorkshire, where the Coldiron family held a seat from ancient times, having been granted the land by William of Normandy for assisting in the Conquest of 1066. The first known bearer of the name was Stephen Caldron, who was recorded in Yorkshire in 1289.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coldiron research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1289 and 1299 are included under the topic Early Coldiron History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Coldiron or a variant listed above: John Coldrin, who settled in Virginia in 1658; John R. Calderon, who came to Philadelphia in 1809; George Caldrone, who arrived in New York in 1820; Charles Coldren and Henry G. Cawdron, who were both living in Ontario in 1871.

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  • Anne Coldiron, professor of English literature at Louisiana State University


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  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. 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.
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The Coldiron Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coldiron 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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