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

The origins of the ancient name Craddock belong to that rich Celtic tradition that comes from Wales. This surname was derived from the Welsh personal name Caradoc, meaning "amiable." Other forms of this ancient forename are Caradawc, Cradawc, and Caradog. This name was made famous by the ancient Welsh military leader Caratacos, whose name was Latinized as Caratacus. He was celebrated for his opposition to the Roman occupation of Britain, and was taken to Rome as a prisoner circa 51 AD.

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Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Craddock have included Craddock, Caradoc, Cradoc, Craddoch, Cradoch, Cradock, Caradoch, Carradock, Carradoch, Caradock and many more.

First found in Glamorganshire (Welsh: Sir Forgannwg), a region of South Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Glywysing, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Craddock research. Another 249 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1512, 1516, 1606, 1659, 1638, 1636, 1621, 1615, 1641, 1628, 1629, 1660, 1716 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Craddock History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 183 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Craddock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Craddock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Craddock:

Craddock Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Isabel] Craddock, aged 30, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Isabell Craddock, aged 30, landed in America in 1635
  • Matthew Craddock who became the Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony about 1650

Craddock Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Sam] Craddock, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Walter Craddock, who arrived in Virginia in 1719

Craddock Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Craddock, aged 29, landed in New York in 1864
  • Mary A Craddock, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1864
  • A.L. Craddock, aged 21, who landed in America from Stroud, in 1897

Craddock Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Annie Craddock, aged 25, who settled in America from Ballinasloe, in 1900
  • Arthur Craddock, aged 24, who landed in America from Bedford, in 1903
  • Arthur Craddock, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Coventry, in 1904
  • Arthur Renfro Craddock, aged 27, who settled in America from London, in 1904
  • Eugenia Craddock, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1904


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  • Charles Egbert Craddock (1850-1922), American writer
  • J. Campbell Craddock (1930-2006), American leader of a University of Minnesota Antarctic expedition (196263), eponym of Mt. Craddock
  • Ida C. Craddock (1857-1902), early American advocate of free speech and women's rights
  • Walter Anderson "Walt" Craddock (1932-1980), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Billy "Crash" Craddock (b. 1939), American country and rockabilly singer
  • John Durrett Craddock (1881-1942), American politician, U.S. Representative from Kentucky
  • Patricia B. Craddock, American author and professor of English
  • Thomas "Tom" Craddock (b. 1986), English footballer
  • Charlotte Helena Mary Craddock (b. 1990), English Olympic field hockey player
  • Sir Reginald Henry Craddock GCIE, KCSI (1864-1937), British government and colonial official, Governor of Burma

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  • Sketches and Genealogy of the Bailey-Craddock-Lawson Families of Virginia and North Carolina by Betsy Lawson Willis.
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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: Nec temere, nec timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly.

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