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Where did the English Calderwoods family come from? What is the English Calderwoods family crest and coat of arms? When did the Calderwoods family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Calderwoods family history?

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

First found in Lanarkshire, Scotland, where the family held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calderwoods research. Another 394 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1456, 1509, 1548, 1575, 1650, and 1678 are included under the topic Early Calderwoods History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Calderwoods Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Calderwoods family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 170 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Calderwoods family, or who bore a variation of the surname Calderwoods were James Calderwood, who settled in New England in 1725; with his wife and two children; Adam Calderwood, who arrived in New York in 1789; Alexander Calderwood, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1803.

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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.

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The Calderwoods Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Calderwoods Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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