Caldham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Caldham family

The surname Caldham was first found in Cambridgeshire at Coldham, a hamlet in Elm civil parish, part of the Fenland district. Coldham Estate in Cambridgeshire is a co-op farm today but Roman remains can be found there giving evidence to ancient Roman farms from late-Roman fenland settlements. The name is derived from the Old English word "cald" meaning "cold" and "ham" meaning "homestead." [1] Coldham Hall is a Grade I listed building which was built in 1574 for Sir Robert Rookwood.

Important Dates for the Caldham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caldham research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1046, 1147, 1397, 1430, 1433, 1561, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Caldham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Caldham 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 Caldham 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. The variations of the name Caldham include: Coldham, Cooldam, Coldem, Coldhem, Codeham, Codeham and many more.

Early Notables of the Caldham family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Caldham family

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 Caldham or a variant listed above: Thomas Coldham, his wife and two children, who arrived in Lynn, MA in 1633; William Coldham, who arrived in Virginia in 1653; Charles Coldham, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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