The name Cawlis reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Cawlis family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Cawlis family lived in Norfolk
, where they were Lords of the Castle of Cailly.
Early Origins of the Cawlis family
The surname Cawlis was first found in Norfolk
where one of the first records of the name was William de Kailli, de Caly who was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1210. Alternatively the name Caley, is a fairly common Manx name. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Cawlis family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cawlis research.Another 297 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1661, 1610, 1681, 1602, 1667, 1640, 1635, 1708, 1654, 1727, 1663, 1717 and 1576 are included under the topic Early Cawlis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cawlis Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Cawlis include Cailly, Calley, Callis, Cally, Caley, Cayley and many more.
Early Notables of the Cawlis family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Cawley (1602-1667), British politician, MP for Midhurst in 1640 and regicide who fled to the Netherlands
and then Switzerland
after the Restoration; Sir William Cayley, 2nd Baronet
(1635-c. 1708); Sir Arthur Cayley, 3rd Baronet (c.
1654-1727); and John Calley... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cawlis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cawlis family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Cawliss to arrive on North American shores: John Calley who settled in New England
with his son in 1679; Anne Cally arrived in New York City in 1822.
The Cawlis 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: Callide et honeste
Motto Translation: Wisely and honourably.