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Cadagan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The surname Cadagan is a Welsh name of old Celtic origin, derived from the personal name Cadogan. This name was originally Cadwugaun in the Old Welsh language.

Early Origins of the Cadagan family


The surname Cadagan was first found in Merionethshire (Welsh: Sir Feirionnydd), made a county in Northwest Wales in 1284, and anciently part of the kingdom of Gwynedd, where they claimed descent from the ancient princes of Wales. Of note was, Cadwgan ap Bleddyn (1051-1111), Prince of Powys; Cadwgan ap Meurig (fl.1045-1074), King of Gwent (1063-1074) and Morgannwg; and Cadwgan of Llandyfái (died 1241), a Welsh cleric, Bishop of Bangor (1215-1236.)

Early History of the Cadagan family


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Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1685, 1776, 1716, 1722, 1722, 1726, 1749, 1752, 1752, 1776, 1172, 1601, 1661, 1639, 1649, 1658, 1642, 1713, 1700, 1675 and 1726 are included under the topic Early Cadagan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cadagan Spelling Variations


Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Cadagan has occasionally been spelled Cadogan, Cadagan, Caddagan, Caddigan, Cadigan, Cadougan, Cadwgan and many more.

Early Notables of the Cadagan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Cadagan family to Ireland


Some of the Cadagan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cadagan family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cadagan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edmond Cadagan, who settled in Harbour Grace in 1828

The Cadagan Motto


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: Qui invidet minor est
Motto Translation: He that envies is inferior.


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