Cordwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cordwell was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cordwell family lived in Wiltshire, after arriving from the cantor of Cardville, Normandy with the invasion of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Cordwell family

The surname Cordwell was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from early times, and granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Early History of the Cordwell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cordwell research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1273, and 1606 are included under the topic Early Cordwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cordwell Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Cardwell, Cardville, Cairdwell, Cairdville, Cardvell, Cartwell, Cardvill, Cartville, Kartwell, Kardwell, Kartville, Kardville, Kairdwell and many more.

Early Notables of the Cordwell family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Cordwell family to Ireland

Some of the Cordwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Cordwell migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Cordwell or a variant listed above:

Cordwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Margarett Cordwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [1]
  • Wrn, Cordwell Sr., who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [1]
Cordwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Cordwell, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [1]
Cordwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Cordwell, who arrived in America in 1800 [1]
  • Peter Cordwell, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873 [1]

Canada Cordwell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cordwell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Cordwell, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Contemporary Notables of the name Cordwell (post 1700) +

  • Harry Cordwell (1922-1995), American two-time Academy Awards nominated set decorator
  • Norah Mignon Cordwell (1893-1983), birth name of Norah Blaney, an American music hall performer, best known for her rendition of "Oh! Mr Porter"
  • T.S. Cordwell, Australian radio officer at Wilkes Station in 1961, eponym of Mount Cordwell, Antarctica
  • Belinda Jane Cordwell (b. 1965), New Zealand sports commentator and a former professional tennis player

The Cordwell 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: Agissez honnetement
Motto Translation: Act honestly

  1. ^ 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) on Facebook
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