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Caddel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The saga of the Caddel family begins among the people of the ancient tribe of the Picts. They lived at or near the wooded stream derived from the Gaelic word coillie, a wood and dur which means stream.


Early Origins of the Caddel family


The surname Caddel was first found in Banffshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhanbh), former Scottish county located in the northeasterly Grampian region of Scotland, now of divided between the Council Areas of Moray and Aberdeenshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Caddel family


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Caddel Spelling Variations


Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Caddel has been written Cadell, Caddell, Cadel, Cadwell and others.

Early Notables of the Caddel family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Caddel family to Ireland


Some of the Caddel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Caddel family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Caddel: John Cadell who settled in Barbados in 1654; another John arrived in New York in 1774; Elizabeth Cadell arrived in New England in 1767; Albert Cadwell, aged 36, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1921.

Contemporary Notables of the name Caddel (post 1700)


  • Ernest Wiley Caddel (1911-1992), American NFL football running back
  • Richard Caddel (1949-2003), English poet, publisher and editor

The Caddel 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: Vigilantia non cadet
Motto Translation: Vigilance will not miscarry.


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