Cadman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cadman has been recorded in British history since the time when the Anglo-Saxons ruled over the region. The name is assumed to have been given to someone who was a servant of someone named Cade, or a person who packed herring into barrels or made the barrels themselves. [1]

The surname may also be derived from Saint Cædmon, which was the name of a poet who died around 680 AD. [2]

According to the Venerable Bede, Cædmon was an illiterate herdsman who received divine inspiration in a dream to enter a monastery and write religious poetry. He is principally known for the work entitled "Cædmon's Hymn." [2]

Thomas de Chabham or Chobham ( fl. 1230), was an early English theologian and is mentioned as sub-dean of Salisbury in 1214 and 1230. [2]

Early Origins of the Cadman family

The surname Cadman was first found in Yorkshire where the name "is a North English name. The temptation to make it occupative is great. A 'cade of herynge' is as old as the Promptorium Parvulorum, and the cademan would seem naturally to be one who packed herring in cades, or barrels, or perhaps the cooper who made them. But the name is always found without prefix." [3]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: A. Robert Cademan.; J. Thomas Cademain; Robertus Cadman; and Ricardus Caddeman. [3]

Early History of the Cadman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cadman research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1590, 1661, 1590, 1620, 1623 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Cadman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cadman Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Cadman has been spelled many different ways, including Cadman, Cadiman, Caddman, Caedman, Caedmon, Chadman, Catman, Cattman, Katman, Kadman, Kaddman, Cudman, Cuddman, Cutman, Cuttman, Codman, Coddman, Coadman, Codeman, Caidman, Cadsman, Cadesman, Cattsman, Coldman, Caldman, Caldmen and many more.

Early Notables of the Cadman family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Cademan (1590?-1661), English physician, born in Norfolk about 1590, educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. "He then studied abroad, and took the degree of M.D. at Padua March 1620. In May and June 1623 he passed his examination before the censors of the Royal College of Physicians of...
Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cadman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Cadman migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Cadmans to arrive in North America:

Cadman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Cadman, who arrived in Maryland in 1666 [4]
Cadman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joe Cadman and his wife Hannah who settled in Georgia in 1733
  • Warner Cadman, who arrived in New England in 1764
Cadman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Cadman, aged 38, who landed in New York in 1812 [4]
  • Timothy Cadman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [4]
  • William Cadman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [4]

Canada Cadman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cadman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Alpheus Cadman U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh, Cataraqui township, [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1783 [5]
  • Mr. Asa Cadman U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh, Cataraqui township, [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1783 [5]
  • Mr. John Cadman Jr., U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [5]
  • Mr. John Cadman Sr., U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [5]
  • Mr. William Cadman U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh, Cataraqui township, [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1783 [5]

Australia Cadman migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cadman Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Cadman, (b. 1772), aged 25, English publican who was convicted in Worcester, Worcestershire, England for life for theft, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1848 [6]
Cadman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Cadman, British Convict who was convicted in Shropshire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Mr. John Cadman, English convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 27th August 1841, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [8]

New Zealand Cadman migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cadman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Jerome Cadman, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Cadman, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863
  • William Cadman, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Cadman (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Parkes Cadman (1864-1936), American clergyman, newspaper writer, and pioneer Christian radio broadcaster of the 1920s and 1930s
  • Charles Wakefield Cadman (1881-1946), American composer
  • Royce Cadman (b. 1987), English rugby union player
  • William Cadman (1883-1948), English missionary in Vietnam
  • Samuel William Anthony Cadman (1877-1952), English cricketer who played from 1900-1926 for Derbyshire
  • Ms. Elizabeth Ashley Cadman O.B.E., British Deputy Head for Department for International Development in Jordan, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to International Development [9]
  • Stacey Cadman (b. 1979), British actress and television presenter
  • Robert Cadman (1711-1739), or Robert Kidman, an British steeplejack and ropeslider, he fell to his death when the rope broke on February 2nd, 1739
  • John Anthony Cadman (b. 1938), 3rd Baron Cadman
  • John Basil Cope Cadman (1909-1966), 2nd Baron Cadman
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. William Lewis Cadman, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [10]
Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • William Martin Cadman (1956-1988), English Musician from London, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [11]


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barwell
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  9. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  10. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  11. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html


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