Caddigan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname Caddigan 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 Caddigan family
The surname Caddigan 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 Caddigan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caddigan research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1685, 1776, 1716, 1722, 1722, 1726, 1749, 1752, 1752, 1776, 1601, 1661, 1172, 1601, 1661, 1639, 1649, 1658, 1642, 1713, 1700, 1675 and 1726 are included under the topic Early Caddigan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Caddigan 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 Caddigan has occasionally been spelled Cadogan, Cadagan, Caddagan, Caddigan, Cadigan, Cadougan, Cadwgan and many more.
Early Notables of the Caddigan family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was General Charles Cadogan, 2nd Baron Cadogan (1685-1776), a British peer, Member of Parliament for Reading (1716-1722), for Newport, Isle of Wight (1722-1726), Governor...
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Migration of the Caddigan family to Ireland
Some of the Caddigan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Caddigan migration to the United States +
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Caddigan:
Caddigan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Caddigan who settled in Boston Massachusetts, with his wife Julia and daughter in 1849
Caddigan migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Caddigan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Ellen Caddigan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833
- Patrick Caddigan, who settled in Logy Bay, Newfoundland in 1858 
Contemporary Notables of the name Caddigan (post 1700) +
- James L. Caddigan, American inventor for the DuMont Television Network, best known for his Electronicam, a system that shot an image on film and television at the same time through a common lens
- John Joseph "Jack" Caddigan (1879-1952), American songwriter who wrote over fifty songs from 1911 to 1922
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The Caddigan 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.
- ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0