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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.

Cordwell Early Origins



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.

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Cordwell Spelling Variations


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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.

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Cordwell Early History


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Cordwell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cordwell research. Another 265 words (19 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.

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Cordwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cordwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cordwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cordwell In Ireland


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Cordwell In Ireland



Some of the Cordwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Atlanti c. 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
  • Wrn, Cordwell Sr., who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Cordwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Cordwell, who landed in Virginia in 1704

Cordwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Cordwell, who arrived in America in 1800
  • Peter Cordwell, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873

Cordwell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Cordwell, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cordwell (post 1700)


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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

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Motto


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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


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. 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.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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    The Cordwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cordwell 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.

    This page was last modified on 25 October 2015 at 00:23.

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