Show ContentsCardon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Cardon date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the village of Carden in the county of Cheshire. This surname is derived from the Old English word cairn which was a rock structure, often as simple as a small pile of stones, serving as a memorial or marker of an important place. The surname may have also used been used as a nickname for a stubborn person. In such a case, it would have been derived from the word Cardon, meaning thistle.

Early Origins of the Cardon family

The surname Cardon was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Cardon family

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Cardon Spelling Variations

Cardon has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Cardon have been found, including Carden, Cardon, Cardin, Cawarden and others.

Early Notables of the Cardon family (pre 1700)

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Cardon Ranking

In France, the name Cardon is the 750th most popular surname with an estimated 6,574 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Cardon family to Ireland

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

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Cardons to arrive on North American shores:

Cardon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Cardon who arrived in New England in 1748
Cardon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan Cardon, aged 40, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831 [2]
  • Juan Cardon, a Spanish Soldier, who settled in New Orleans in 1831 followed by Manuel Cardova in 1842
  • Juan De Cardon, who landed in Peru in 1892 [2]

Australia Cardon migration to Australia +

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

Cardon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Cardon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cardon (post 1700) +

  • J. S. Cardon, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1912 [4]
  • Charles E. Cardon, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Oakland County 5th District, 1950 [4]
  • C. P. Cardon, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1920 [4]
  • Anthony Cardon (1772-1813), English engraver, son and pupil of Antoine Alexandre Joseph Cardon, a Flemish painter and engraver, who engraved a portrait of George, Prince of Wales (1766) [5]

The Cardon 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: Fide et amore
Motto Translation: By fidelity and love.

  2. 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)
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ANNA MARIA 1849. Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from
  5. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 31 Oct. 2019 on Facebook