Caltood is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Caltood family once lived in Yorkshire
, where the name was taken from the town of Cawood
in the county's West Riding. The place-name was first recorded as Kawuda in 963 AD and was originally derived from the Old English words ca,
and described a wood where by jackdaws were common.
Early Origins of the Caltood family
The surname Caltood was first found in North Yorkshire
, where Cawood is a large village and civil parish in the Selby district. The village dates back to 963 when it was listed as Kawuda. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
and was given by King Athelstan to the see of York, about 935, in the time of Archbishop Wulstan. Today it is better known as the place where the Cawood sword was found. It is regarded as "one of the finest Viking swords ever discovered" and is nearly 1,000 years old and can be seen at the Yorkshire
Museum. This locale is also the home of Cawood Castle, a palace for the Archbishops of York which dates back to 1181. Today Cawood Castle is owned by the Landmark Trust.
Early History of the Caltood family
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Caltood Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Caltood family name include Cawood, Kawood, Cawoode, Cawod and others.
Early Notables of the Caltood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Caltood family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Caltood surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Richard Cawood who arrived in Barbados in 1635; and later moved to St. Christopher; Ann Cawood who settled in Maryland in 1676.