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Early Origins of the Cady family

The surname Cady was first found in Yorkshire where the name is generally understood to be derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name Cada. [1] But another source claims the name is Norman in origin as references there note that Arnulf Cades paid a fine in Normandy for disseisin in 1184. The same name also appears in 1198 under different circumstances. [2]

The Pipe Rolls of 1189 list Eustace Cade as holding lands in Lincolnshire at that time. [3] And Shakespeare included John at the Cade (a reference to the old English word for a barrel or cask) in Henry VI, Act IV, Scene II. [4]

Early History of the Cady family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cady research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1155, 1527, 1380, 1450, 1450, 1583, 1660, 1720 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Cady History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cady Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Cady are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Cady include: Cade, Cady, Cadye, Kadye, Caddy, Caddey, Kade, Kady and many more.

Early Notables of the Cady family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir John Caddy of Buckland Brewer; and Jack Cade (d. 1450), English rebel from Kent who led an unsuccessful rebellion with an army of over 5,000 against King Henry VI, he had a bounty on his head of 1,000 marks and was killed attempting to flee. "He was an Irishman by birth, and is spoken of as a young man at the time of his rebellion; but nothing is known of his personal history till a year before that date. He was then living in the household of Sir Thomas Dacre in Sussex...
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Cady Ranking

In the United States, the name Cady is the 3,287th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [5]

United States Cady migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cady or a variant listed above:

Cady Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Cady, who landed in Massachusetts in 1628-1630 [6]
  • James Cady, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1635 [6]
  • Robert Cady, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [6]
  • Eleanor Cady, who arrived in Maryland in 1674 [6]
Cady Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • F Cady, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]
  • E L Cady, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]
  • Ellen Cady who settled in Boston in 1850
  • A D Cady, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]
  • Mills Cady, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Cady migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cady Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Alex Cady, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ann Cady, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • William Cady, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Contemporary Notables of the name Cady (post 1700) +

  • Jerome Cady (1903-1948), American Academy Award nominated screenwriter, known for Call Northside 777 (1948), Wing and a Prayer (1944) and Five Came Back (1939)
  • Mark Cady (1953-2019), American jurist, Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court (2011-2019)
  • Virgil H. Cady (b. 1876), American politician, Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly (1908-1910)
  • Walter Guyton Cady (1874-1974), American physicist and electrical engineer, a pioneer in piezoelectricity, in 1921 developed the first quartz crystal oscillator
  • Jack Cady (1932-2004), American author, winner of the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Bram Stoker Award
  • Forrest Leroy "Hick" Cady (1886-1946), American Major League Baseball backup catcher who played for the Boston Red Sox (1912–17) and Philadelphia Phillies (1919)
  • Horace Harvey Cady (1801-1887), American farmer and politician who served in the Michigan House of Representatives in 1843, 1865, and 1873–1874
  • J. Cleaveland Cady (1837-1919), American New York-based architect, best known or his design for The American Museum of Natural History
  • Frank A. Cady (1858-1904), American lawyer, real estate dealer and politician from Marshfield, Wisconsin
  • Harriet Emilie Cady (1848-1941), American homeopathic physician and author of New Thought spiritual writings
  • ... (Another 53 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flight 191
  • T Cady (d. 1979), American passenger from Los Angeles, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [7]

Suggested Readings for the name Cady +

  • The Ancestors of Edna Frances Cady by Robert Cady Gates.
  • Cady Genealogy James W. Cady.

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. 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)
  7. Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook