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The origins of the ancient name Craddock belong to that rich Celtic tradition that comes from Wales. This surname was derived from the Welsh personal name Caradoc, meaning "amiable." Other forms of this ancient forename are Caradawc, Cradawc, and Caradog. This name was made famous by the ancient Welsh military leader Caratacos, whose name was Latinized as Caratacus. He was celebrated for his opposition to the Roman occupation of Britain, and was taken to Rome as a prisoner circa 51 AD.


The surname Craddock was first found in Glamorganshire (Welsh: Sir Forgannwg), a region of South Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Glywysing. However, some of the family were found in Whaston (Washton) in the North Riding of Yorkshire in early times. "It comprises about 1200 acres, partly the property of the Craddock family." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Craddock have included Craddock, Caradoc, Cradoc, Craddoch, Cradoch, Cradock, Caradoch, Carradock, Carradoch, Caradock and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Craddock research. Another 355 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1604, 1619, 1836, 1512, 1516, 1606, 1659, 1638, 1636, 1621, 1615, 1641, 1628, 1629, 1660, 1716 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Craddock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was William Cradock, Archdeacon of Lewes from 1512 to 1516; Walter Cradock or Craddock or Cradoc (c.1606-1659), a Welsh Anglican clergyman, became a traveling evangelical preacher, founder of the first Independent church in Wales (1638); Matthew Cradock (died 1636), an English wool...

Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Craddock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the Craddock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Craddock:

Craddock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Isabel] Craddock, aged 30, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Isabell Craddock, aged 30, landed in America in 1635
  • Matthew Craddock who became the Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony about 1650

Craddock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sam] Craddock, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Walter Craddock, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
  • the Rev. Thomas Craddock settled in Maryland from Bedfordshire, England in the year 1744

Craddock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Craddock, aged 29, landed in New York in 1864
  • Mary A Craddock, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1864
  • A.L. Craddock, aged 21, who landed in America from Stroud, in 1897

Craddock Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie Craddock, aged 25, who settled in America from Ballinasloe, in 1900
  • Arthur Craddock, aged 24, who landed in America from Bedford, in 1903
  • Arthur Craddock, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Coventry, in 1904
  • Arthur Renfro Craddock, aged 27, who settled in America from London, in 1904
  • Eugenia Craddock, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1904
  • ...

Craddock Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Thomas Craddock U.E who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783

Craddock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Craddock, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia
  • Abraham Craddock, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance"

Craddock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Craddock, aged 24, a servant, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870

  • Patricia B. Craddock, American author and professor of English
  • John Durrett Craddock (1881-1942), American politician, U.S. Representative from Kentucky
  • Billy "Crash" Craddock (b. 1939), American country and rockabilly singer
  • Walter Anderson "Walt" Craddock (1932-1980), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Ida C. Craddock (1857-1902), early American advocate of free speech and women's rights
  • J. Campbell Craddock (1930-2006), American leader of a University of Minnesota Antarctic expedition (196263), eponym of Mt. Craddock
  • Bantz Wooddall Craddock (b. 1887), American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Doddridge County, 1962
  • Allene A. Craddock, American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives 25th District; Elected 1975
  • Abraham Craddock, American politician, Village President of Ypsilanti, Michigan, 1843-44
  • A. P. Craddock, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1904, 1928 (alternate)
  • ...

Craddock Historic Events

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William Alfred Craddock, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

  • Sketches and Genealogy of the Bailey-Craddock-Lawson Families of Virginia and North Carolina by Betsy Lawson Willis.

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: Nec temere, nec timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly.


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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

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  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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The Craddock Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Craddock 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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