Brythonic in origin, the name of Cadwaladar came from the rugged landscape of Wales
. The name is from the Welsh personal name
Cadwaladyr. In Old Welsh
, this name was Catguallon. Both Cornish and Breton
, which along with Welsh, make up the family of Brythonic Celtic
languages have cognate forms of this name; the Cornish form is Caduualant, and the Old Breton
form is Catuualon.
Early Origins of the Cadwaladar family
The surname Cadwaladar was first found in Harlech
, 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. According to legend, this ancient family is descended from Cadwaladr (d. circa 664) Welsh
King of Gwynedd, leader of the Celtic resistance against the Anglo-Saxons
. Later accounts have made him a national hero, a Saint, and called him the last of the Kings of Briton.
Early History of the Cadwaladar family
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Cadwaladar Spelling Variations
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 Cadwaladar has occasionally been spelled Cadwallader, Cadwelleder, Kadwalleder, Cadwinder and many more.
Early Notables of the Cadwaladar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cadwaladar family to the New World and Oceana
migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh
families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Cadwaladar: Humphrey Cadwellader who settled in Virginia in 1641; John Cadwalader settled with his wife in Philadelphia in 1820; C. Cadwalader arrived in San Francisco in 1852..