Show ContentsCadle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Cadle, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. 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 Cadle family

The surname Cadle 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.

One source notes, "the northern Cawdors were disguised as Cadells and de Cadella even in old Scots chroniclers, and they have kept that variety permanently in the South. " [1]

Further to the south in England, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Cristina Caudel, Cambridgeshire; William Caudel, Cambridgeshire; and (Prior) de Caudewelle, Bedfordshire. [2]

"Cadel was a surname in Oxfordshire and Sussex at the close of the 13th century." [3]

Cadell (d. 909), was "King of Ceredigion and afterwards of Powys, one of the six warlike sons of Rhodri Mawr, the most powerful of the early Welsh kings. He was Rhodri's eldest son, and received as his patrimony Ceredigion, with the palace at Dinevwr, and an overlordship over his other brothers. " [4]

Cadell (d. 943), was a Welsh prince, the son of Arthvael, who was the son of Hywel. Cadell (d. 1175), was a South Welsh prince, the son of Gruffudd, the son of Rhys, the son of Tewdwr. [4]

Early History of the Cadle family

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Cadle Spelling Variations

The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Cadle has been spelled Cadell, Caddell, Cadel, Cadwell and others.

Early Notables of the Cadle family (pre 1700)

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Cadle Ranking

In the United States, the name Cadle is the 15,562nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Cadle family to Ireland

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United States Cadle migration to the United States +

This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Cadle:

Cadle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Cadle, who arrived in Maryland in 1642 [6]
  • Zacharias Cadle, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 [6]
Cadle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Cornelius Cadle, who landed in New York in 1798 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cadle (post 1700) +

  • Scott Nelson Cadle, American politician, Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates (2013-)
  • Richard Fish Cadle (1796-1857), American Episcopalian priest, the first superior of Nashotah House
  • Scott Cadle, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 13th District; Elected 2012 [7]
  • Kevin Cadle (1955-2017), British sports presenter and former basketball coach eight times named Coach of the Year [8]
  • Giles Cadle, British Olivier Award winning set designer
  • Brian Cadle (b. 1948), Canadian former World Hockey Association left winger for the Winnipeg Jets
  • Major-General Frank Cadle Mahin (1887-1942), American Commanding General 33rd Division (1942) [9]
  • George Cadle Price (b. 1919), the first Prime Minister of Belize and the architect of that country's independence

The Cadle 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.

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from
  8. Kevin Cadle. (Retrieved 2011, June 14) Kevin Cadle. Retrieved from
  9. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 11) Frank Mahin. Retrieved from on Facebook