Brythonic in origin, the name of Cadwallyder 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 Cadwallyder family
The surname Cadwallyder 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 Cadwallyder family
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Cadwallyder 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 Cadwallyder have included Cadwallader, Cadwelleder, Kadwalleder, Cadwinder and many more.
Early Notables of the Cadwallyder family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cadwallyder family to the New World and Oceana
families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North America. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh
anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh
immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Cadwallyder were found: 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..