Brythonic in origin, the name of Cadwoit 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 Cadwoit family
The surname Cadwoit 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 Cadwoit family
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Cadwoit Spelling Variations
Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh
surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh
society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales
could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Cadwoit has seen various spelling variations: Cadwallader, Cadwelleder, Kadwalleder, Cadwinder and many more.
Early Notables of the Cadwoit family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cadwoit 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 Cadwoit: 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..