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Where did the English Cuddman family come from? What is the English Cuddman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cuddman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cuddman family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Cuddman comes from when its first bearer worked as a servant of someone named Cade, or a person who packed herring into barrels or made the barrels themselves. The surname may also be derived from the Old English personal name Cędmon, which was the name of a poet who died around 680 AD. According to the Venerable Bede, Cędmon was an illiterate herdsman who received divine inspiration in a dream to enter a monastery and write religious poetry. He is principally known for the work entitled "Cędmon's Hymn."

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Cuddman include Cadman, Cadiman, Caddman, Caedman, Caedmon, Chadman, Catman, Cattman, Katman, Kadman, Kaddman, Cudman, Cuddman, Cutman, Cuttman, Codman, Coddman, Coadman, Codeman, Caidman, Cadsman, Cadesman, Cattsman, Coldman, Caldman, Caldmen and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066. Caedmon who lived in the 7th century was the first English Christian poet, his poetry was based on the Scriptures.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cuddman research. Another 334 words(24 lines of text) covering the year 1270 is included under the topic Early Cuddman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cuddman or a variant listed above: Joe Cadman and his wife Hannah who settled in Georgia in 1733; Warner Cadman arrived in New England in 1764; Jonas Cadiman arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1743.

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The Cuddman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cuddman 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 27 October 2010 at 13:24.

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