Cadwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Cadwell family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. 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 Cadwell family

The surname Cadwell 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]

Important Dates for the Cadwell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cadwell research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1536, 1558, 1530 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Cadwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cadwell Spelling Variations

In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Cadwell has been spelled Cadell, Caddell, Cadel, Cadwell and others.

Early Notables of the Cadwell family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cadwell family to Ireland

Some of the Cadwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cadwell migration to the United States

In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Cadwell:

Cadwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Cadwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [5]
Cadwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • F Cadwell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • W Cadwell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • Charles E. Cadwell, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Thomas Cadwell, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1892
Cadwell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charlotte S. Cadwell, aged 50, who immigrated to America from London, in 1903
  • Isabel Cadwell, aged 21, who landed in America from St. John's, Newfoundland in 1904
  • John Cadwell, aged 26, who settled in America from Cornwall, in 1905
  • Edward Cadwell, aged 23, who landed in America from Cornwall, in 1905
  • Arthur S. Cadwell, aged 16, who landed in America from Cornwall, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cadwell migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cadwell Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Mary Ann Cadwell, aged 19, who immigrated to Halifax, Canada, in 1907
  • Selina Cadwell, aged 54, who immigrated to Halifax, Canada, in 1907

Contemporary Notables of the name Cadwell (post 1700)

  • Jane Cadwell (1915-2000), American Olympic breaststroke swimmer who competed at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Linda Lee Cadwell (b. 1945), born Linda C. Emery, American teacher and the widow of martial arts master and actor Bruce Lee
  • William H. Cadwell (b. 1863), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Britain, 1904, 1906 [6]
  • Samuel Cadwell, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Windsor, 1835 [6]
  • Roy E. Cadwell, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Pulaski County, 1964 [6]
  • John A. Cadwell (b. 1834), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from New Haven, 1888 [6]
  • Dan P. Cadwell, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oneida County, 1835, 1843 [6]
  • Albert Cadwell (1900-1944), English footballer

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Citations

  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. ^ 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)
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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