Caiday History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Caiday is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the Old English personal name Cada. With the addition of the diminutive suffix -man, this personal name was popular as late as the 13th century in the forms of Cadman and Cademan. Caiday was originally derived from a pet form of this name. [1]

Alternatively, the name could have been Cadia in Gaelic and in this case, it literally meant "the house of God." [2]

Early Origins of the Caiday family

The surname Caiday was first found in Yorkshire where Robert Cadi was listed as one of the Knights Templar in 1185. Later, Roger Cadye was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296; and Henry Cadey, Cady was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk in 1327. [3]

Later rolls revealed Margery Cade in Cambridgeshire in 1373 and William Cade in Lincolnshire in the same year. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Matilda Cadi; Robertus Cadison; and Johannes Cady, 1379 as all holding lands there at that time. [4]

In Somerset, William Cade and Richard Cade were both listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [5]

Further north in Scotland where many of the family claim descent, John Cady was a tenant under the earl of Douglas in the barony of Kylbouho in 1376 and Thomas Cady was presbyter in Glasgow in 1440. Peter Cady was burgess of Edinburgh, in 1484, and three persons named Cadie are in Edinburgh Marriage Register from 1606. [6]

Early History of the Caiday family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caiday research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1240, 1574, 1577, 1327 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Caiday History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Caiday Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Caiday have been found, including Caddy, Caddie, Caddey, Cade, Cadde, Caide, Caidey, Caidde, Kade, Kaddie, Kaiddy and many more.

Early Notables of the Caiday family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Caiday family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Caiday, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : James Caddy and Robert Caddy who were farming in Virginia in 1650 and William Caddy who settled in Barbados in 1634. Another James Caddy came from Wales to Boston in 1635.



  1. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  2. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ 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)


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