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Chadwick is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Chadwick family lived in the parish of Rochdale in Lancashire. They were granted the lands near Chadwick in this area by William the Conqueror shortly after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


The surname Chadwick was first found in Staffordshire at Mavesyn Ridware, a small village and civil parish now in the in Lichfield District. The family claim descendancy from the Cawardens and ultimately the Malvesyns who came with the Conqueror. [1] The family can be traced back to the reign of Edward III.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Chadwick are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Chadwick include Chadwick, Chadwicke, Chadwyck, Chaddick, Chadwich, Shadduck and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chadwick research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1080 and 1335 are included under the topic Early Chadwick History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Chadwick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Chadwick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Chadwick, or a variant listed above:

Chadwick Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Charles Chadwick who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Charles Chadwick, who landed in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1631
  • Jno Chadwick, who landed in Virginia in 1657

Chadwick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Chadwick settled in Potomac Maryland in 1728

Chadwick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Chadwick, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Thomas Chadwick, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • John Chadwick, who arrived in New York in 1819
  • Richard Chadwick, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1835
  • William Read Chadwick, aged 20, landed in New York in 1849

Chadwick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Henry Chadwick, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Chadwick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Chadwick, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Eli Chadwick, aged 25, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"

Chadwick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • E Chadwick landed in Hokianga, New Zealand in 1839
  • John Chadwick landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • William Chadwick arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • Jane Chadwick arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • John Chadwick arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880


  • George Whitefield Chadwick (1854-1931), American composer, he wrote the overture "Rip Van Winkle" while in Leipzig and Munich
  • Bill Chadwick (1915-2009), first American-born referee to serve in the National Hockey League
  • Mr. Jacob Chadwick, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • John Chadwick (1920-1998), English ling Uist and classical scholar
  • Alan Chadwick (1909-1980), English master gardener and leading innovator of organic farming techniques
  • Roy Chadwick CBE, FRAeS (1893-1947), English aeronautical engineer famous in particular for designing the Avro Lancaster bomber
  • Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003), English artist and sculptor
  • Sir Edwin Chadwick KCB (1801-1890), English social reformer
  • Sir James Chadwick CH, FRS (1891-1974), English physicist and Nobel laureate (1935)
  • William Owen Chadwick OM KBE FBA FRSE (1916-2015), British Anglican clergyman, academic, writer



  • Genealogy of Chadwick, King, and Allied Families by Darline Chadwick.
  • A Genealogy of the Chadick and Chaddick (Also the Chadwick Family) Family Lines of the United States by William D. Chadick.

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: In candore decus
Motto Translation: There is honour in sincerity.


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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Chadwick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chadwick 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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