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Early Origins of the Calderwood family

The surname Calderwood was first found in Lanarkshire, Scotland, from the ancient lordship and manor of the same name. Some of the first records of the family include: Isabele de Calrewode of the county of Lanark who rendered homage to King Edward I in 1296 and John de Calderwode who witnessed an instrument of sasine in 1456. Two years later, Edward de Caldorwud had his pension of 20 marks and a croft of church land assigned to him at Cambuslang in 1458 and later still, Archibald Caldderwood was vicar of Cadder in 1509. [1]

Early History of the Calderwood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calderwood research. Another 232 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1548, 1575, 1650, 1678, 1566, 1575, 1650, 1660, 1733, 1687 and are included under the topic Early Calderwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Calderwood Spelling Variations

Although the name, Calderwood, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Calderwood, Caldderwood, Calderwoods, Cawderood, Caderwood, Cadderwood, Caldorwood, Calderwude, Calderwoud, Calderwode, Caldorwud and many more.

Early Notables of the Calderwood family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was David Calderwood (1575-1650), Scottish ecclesiastic, historian, and theological writer, born (as is believed) at Dalkeith, Midlothian, and educated at the college of...
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Calderwood Ranking

In the United States, the name Calderwood is the 18,304th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Calderwood family to Ireland

Some of the Calderwood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Calderwood migration to the United States +

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Calderwood family name Calderwood, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Calderwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Calderwood, who settled in New England in 1725, with his wife and two children
  • James Calderwood, who landed in New England in 1725 [3]
  • Adam Calderwood, who arrived in New York in 1789 [3]
Calderwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Calderwood, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803 [3]
  • Hugh Calderwood, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1813
  • David Calderwood, who arrived in New York in 1843 [3]
  • William Calderwood, who settled in Philadelphia in 1880
  • James Macdonald Calderwood, who arrived in Colorado in 1888 [3]

Australia Calderwood migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Calderwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Calderwood, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1839 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Calderwood (post 1700) +

  • Gary Calderwood (b. 1946), American art collector and dealer
  • John Lindow Calderwood CBE (1888-1960), English solicitor and British Army officer
  • Mark Calderwood (b. 1981), English professional rugby league footballer
  • Matt Calderwood, Northern Ireland artist
  • Henry Calderwood (1830-1897), Scottish philosopher and divine
  • Scott Calderwood (b. 1978), retired Scottish professional footballer
  • Andrea Calderwood, British Academy of Film and Television Award winning film and television producer, best known for her work on The Last King of Scotland
  • Tyra Calderwood (b. 1990), professional Australian tennis player
  • James "Jimmy" Calderwood (b. 1955), retired Scottish footballer
  • Colin Calderwood (b. 1965), Scottish football player and coach
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Hugh Calderwood (d. 1912), aged 30, Irish Trimmer from Belfast, Ireland who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [5]

The Calderwood Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Veritas premitur non opprimitur
Motto Translation: Truth may be kept down, but not crushed.

  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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS HARRISON 1839. Retrieved from
  5. Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook