The origins of the Welsh
name Kedwel go back to the ancient Celtic culture that existed in the hills and Moors
. The forbears that initially held the name Kedwel once lived in the town of Kidwelly, which is situated in the Welsh
region of Dyfed
. The Normans
noted the strategic importance of this town, which is bordered by the coastline and two minor valleys. The town features a magnificent castle which dates from the 13th century; however, this stands on the site of a previous castle built in 1094, by William de Londres. The surname Kedwel belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Kedwel family
The surname Kedwel was first found in Dyfed
a former county, and the ancient Welsh
Kingdom of Pwyll, Lord of Dyfed
in South-west Wales
, comprised of the present day counties of Pembroke, Carmarthen, and Cardigan
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Kedwel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kedwel research.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1094, 1589 and 1747 are included under the topic Early Kedwel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kedwel Spelling Variations
Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh
surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh
society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales
could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Kedwel has seen various spelling variations: Kidwelly, Kidwelley, Kidwell, Kidwall, Kedwell and others.
Early Notables of the Kedwel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kedwel family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh
families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Kedwel J.H. Kidwell, who sailed to San Francisco in 1851.