Welsh name of old Celtic origin, derived from the personal name Cadogan. This name was originally Cadwugaun in the Old Welsh language.
Early Origins of the Cydwgant family
Merionethshire (Welsh: Sir Feirionnydd), made a county in Northwest Wales in 1284, and anciently part of the kingdom of Gwynedd, where they claimed descent from the ancient princes of Wales. Of note was, Cadwgan ap Bleddyn (1051-1111), Prince of Powys; Cadwgan ap Meurig (fl.1045-1074), King of Gwent (1063-1074) and Morgannwg; and Cadwgan of Llandyfái (died 1241), a Welsh cleric, Bishop of Bangor (1215-1236.)
Early History of the Cydwgant family
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Cydwgant Spelling Variations
Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. 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 could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Cydwgant have included Cadogan, Cadagan, Caddagan, Caddigan, Cadigan, Cadougan, Cadwgan and many more.
Early Notables of the Cydwgant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cydwgant family to Ireland
Some of the Cydwgant family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cydwgant family to the New World and Oceana
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Cydwgant: John Caddigan who settled in Boston Massachusetts, with his wife Julia and daughter in 1849. In Newfoundland, Edmond Cadigan settled in St. John's in 1802.
The Cydwgant 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: Qui invidet minor est
Motto Translation: He that envies is inferior.
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