Brythonic in origin, the name of Cadwalider 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 Cadwalider family
The surname Cadwalider 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 Cadwalider family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cadwalider research.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1520, 1666 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Cadwalider History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cadwalider Spelling Variations
have an extremely large amount of spelling variations
of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales
were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Cadwalider have included Cadwallader, Cadwelleder, Kadwalleder, Cadwinder and many more.
Early Notables of the Cadwalider family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cadwalider family to the New World and Oceana
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales
journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Cadwalider: 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..