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Scottish history reveals Caldwell was first used as a surname by the Strathclyde-Briton people. It was a name for someone who lived in Renfrrewshire. This place-name may also be derived from the Old English words caeld, which means cold, and welle, which means well, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a well that gave cold water.

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The surname Caldwell was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, at the Caldwell Tower, a mansion and old estate that dates back to 1294. The current Caldwell Tower stands on a mound, and is a small, free-standing tower that was probably built in the 16th century. It was fully restored in 2011 with the addition of a small extension. Caldwell is also a village and civil parish in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire. The Caudle variant may be related to a thickened and sweetened alcoholic hot drink so named. It was popular in the Middle Ages for its supposed medicinal properties and dates back to at least 1297.

It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. Caldwell has been spelled Caldwell, Coldwell, Caldwill, Cauldwell, Cauldwill, Cawldwell, Guildwell, Calewell, Caldewell and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caldwell research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1342, 1500, 1628, 1679 and 1929 are included under the topic Early Caldwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Caldwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Caldwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North Ameri ca. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

Caldwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Archibald Caldwell, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • John Caldwell, a bonded passenger, who came to America in 1693
  • Vincent Caldwell, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1699

Caldwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Caldwell, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1703
  • Allen Caldwell, aged 60, landed in New York in 1710
  • Andrew Caldwell, who landed in America in 1718
  • Charles Caldwell, who arrived in New England in 1718
  • Charles Caldwell, who landed in New England in 1718
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Caldwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jos Caldwell, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Patrick Caldwell, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Isabella Caldwell, aged 13, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Jane Caldwell, aged 7, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Elizabeth Caldwell, aged 7, landed in New York, NY in 1804
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Caldwell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Eleanor Hackett Caldwell, and her sons Jacob and John, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1761
  • Mr. John Caldwell U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783
  • Mr. John Caldwell U.E who settled in Home District, [Niagara], Lincoln County, Ontario c. 1783
  • Mr. John Caldwell U.E who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783
  • Mr. Robert Caldwell U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783 he was a Captain in Butler's Rangers Regiment
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Caldwell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John, Caldwell Jr., who arrived in Canada in 1829
  • James Bill Caldwell, who arrived in Canada in 1841
  • Thomas Caldwell, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Caldwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Caldwell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • Margaret Caldwell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • Matthew Caldwell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • Ann Caldwell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • Robert Caldwell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
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Caldwell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • I. Caldwell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • E. Caldwell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • Willie Caldwell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Mary Caldwell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siam" in 1865
  • William Caldwell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siam" in 1865
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  • Bettye McDonald Caldwell (1924-2016), American educator and academic
  • John I. Caldwell (1946-2016), American nationally syndicated gag cartoonist, known for his work in National Lampoon and Mad, where he was a member of "The Usual Gang of Idiots."
  • Bryan Craig Caldwell (1960-2015), American NFL football defensive end for the Houston Oilers
  • George Chapman Caldwell (1834-1907), American chemist, horticulturalist, and instructor
  • Christopher Caldwell (b. 1962), American journalist and senior editor at The Weekly Standard
  • Andre Jerome "Bubba" Caldwell (b. 1985), American professional NFL football player for the Denver Broncos
  • Alfred Caldwell (1903-1998), American landscape architect in Chicago
  • Alexander Caldwell (1830-1917), American politician, United States Senator from Kansas (1871-1873)
  • Philip Caldwell (1920-2013), American Chief Executive Officer of the Ford Motor Company (1980-1985)
  • Brigadier-General Charles Henry Caldwell (1900-1967), American Commanding General Lowry Air Force Base (1950)
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Caldwell Historic Events



HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Eric Dick Caldwell, British Sergean Lieutenant Commander, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Albert Francis Caldwell, aged 26, Siamese Second Class passenger from Bangkok, Siam who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 13
  • Mrs. Sylvia Mae Caldwell, (née Harbaugh), aged 28, Siamese Second Class passenger from Bangkok, Siam who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 13
  • Master Alden Gates Caldwell, aged 10 mths, Siamese Second Class passenger from Bangkok, Siam who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 13
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  • Cook, Caldwell, Peoples, Stuart, and Other Families by David Stuart Peoples.
  • David Caldwell, 1705-1781, and His Descendants in the United States of America by William W. Caldwell.
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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: Fac et spera
Motto Translation: Do and hope.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    6. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. 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).
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