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Caldwell Family History

Caldwell Name Meaning
English, Scottish, and northern Irish: habitational name from any of several places in England and Scotland, variously spelled, that are named with Old English cald ‘cold’ + well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’. Caldwell in North Yorkshire is one major source of the surname; Caldwell in Renfrewshire in Scotland another.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Caldwell Families

  • Number of Caldwell families
     427 - 851
     143 - 426
     1 - 142
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Caldwell families
     631 - 1,260
     211 - 630
     1 - 210
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Caldwell families
     582 - 1,162
     195 - 581
     1 - 194
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Caldwell Family Origin

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Caldwell Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Caldwell

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Caldwell Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Caldwell census records

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Caldwell Civil War Service Records

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