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

An ancient Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name Caudle. They 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.


Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Caudle has been spelled Caldwell, Coldwell, Caldwill, Cauldwell, Cauldwill, Cawldwell, Guildwell, Calewell, Caldewell and many more.

First found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), 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.


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


Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Caudle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Caudle 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.


For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Caudle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Baltasar De Caudle, who landed in America in 1827

Caudle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mary H. Caudle, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Alfred Caudle, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Lily Caudle, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Carlisle, England, in 1921
  • A. E. Caudle, aged 18, who emigrated to America, in 1921

Caudle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Caudle, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Ramillies"


  • Bob Caudle, famous longtime American professional wrestling announcer
  • Theron Lamar Caudle Jr. (1904-1969), American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, 1940-45
  • Reece Arnold Caudle (1888-1955), American Democrat politician, Member of Arkansas State House of Representatives; Speaker of the Arkansas State House of Representatives
  • Joseph E. Caudle (b. 1945), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 35th District, 1975-80
  • Mr. Douglas William Caudle (1921-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from Leichhardt, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking


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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The Caudle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Caudle 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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