Brythonic in origin, the name of Cadwood 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 Cadwood family
The surname Cadwood 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 Cadwood family
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Cadwood Spelling Variations
Although there are comparatively few Welsh
surnames, they have a great many spelling variations
. Variations of Welsh
names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh
society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic
language of Wales
, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. 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 were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations
of the name Cadwood have included Cadwallader, Cadwelleder, Kadwalleder, Cadwinder and many more.
Early Notables of the Cadwood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cadwood family to the New World and Oceana
Many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh
and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Cadwood: 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..