Recently created, this website is a work in progress. My Dad, Preston Milford Caudle, Sr. (pictured in the upper right-hand corner of the header), spent a large part of his life researching our family, and related families - culminating in this database. He was as excited as he was proud of the work that he accomplished, a work that I believe began with his Grandmother Hatti Vesta Tower Caudle, who planted the desire deep inside him to know his family history and pass that on to his family.
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I found this in my Dad's research. I haven't been able to find who actually was awarded the original Coat of Arms, so that is on my "To Do" list, but I thought I'd put it up for comment and input anyway. Dad always told me that he believed we descended from a Scotch-Irish background, but the Caudle that he has us tied to, William, was from England... I know that most Caudle research leans toward the four brothers Caudle that came from England. And most have those brothers descending from William who had a castle of some sort in England. Hopefully, we'll be able to crack the nut eventually.
Update - located the following information at House of Names and 4crests:
This surname CAUDLE was a locational name 'of Caldwell' parishes in the diocese of Ripon and Peterborough. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Early records of the name mention Adam de Caldewellea, documented in the year 1195, in County Derbyshire. Richard Cauldwell of Yorkshire was documented in Yorkshire in 1379. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. Ricardus de Caldwell, was also listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. John Caldwell married Margaret Matthews at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1581. In Scotland, the name is of territorial origin from the lands of the name in Renfrewshire. The old family of the name appears to have ended in direct line in an heiress in the fifteenth century. The earliest of the name on record in Scotland was William de Caldwell in 1342. Robert Cauldwell was a merchant in the service of Sir John of Montgomery in the year 1405. James Cauldoull was a notary public in Glasgow in the year 1548. The surname was common in Edinburgh in the 17th century in the form of Cauldwell and Caldwelle. Alba, the country which became Scotland, was once shared by four races; the Picts who controlled most of the land north of the Central Belt; the Britons, who had their capital at Dumbarton and held sway over the south west, including modern Cumbria; the Angles, who were Germanic in origin and annexed much of the Eastern Borders in the seventh century, and the Scots. The latter came to Alba from the north of Ireland late in the 5th century to establish a colony in present day Argyll, which they named Dalriada, after their homeland. The Latin name SCOTTI simply means a Gaelic speaker. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory and Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
Moto: Fac et spera - is translated - Do and Hope
Spelling variations of this family name include: Caldwell, Coldwell, Caldwill, Cauldwell, Cauldwill, Cawldwell, Guildwell, Calewell, Caldewell and many more. First found in Renfrewshire in Scotland where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Archibald Caldwel, a Scottish prisoner sent to America in 1685; John Caldwell, a bonded passenger, who came to America in 1693; Charles Caldwell, who arrived in New England in 1718.
Research found in the Surname Database:
This interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname deriving from any one of the places called "Caldwell" in North Yorkshire and Warwickshire, "Cauldwell" in Bedfordshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, and other places named with the same elements such as "Chadwell", "Chardwell" and "Caudle Green". The place in Yorkshire is recorded as "Caldeuuella" in the Domesday Book of 1086, and shares with all the other places mentioned the same meaning and derivation, which is "the cold spring, or stream", from the Olde English pre 7th Century "cald, ceald", cold, with "well, waell", spring, stream or well. The surname is also found in Scotland, where it derives from "Caldwell" in Renfrewshire. There are a great many variants of the modern surname, ranging from Caldwell, Cau(l)dwell and Cawdell to Cadwell, Coldwell and Chadwell. John Caldwell and Margaret Matthews were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London, in 1581. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Adam de Caldwella, which was dated 1195, in the "Pipe Rolls of Derbyshire", during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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