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Devon/Dorset Scadden's (Scaddings)

Devon/Dorset Scadden's (Scaddings)

Posted: 1072922127000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Scadden, Scadding, Scaddinge
My name is Edie Scadden and I live in sunny Auckland New Zealand (first country to see the New Year).
Have recently located an Irish Scadden Coat of arms posted on the pages? Have also located a Scottish family crest which appears to be from around the 1200's (could be wrong about the date).

I also have reason to believe that the Scaddens held estates and were allied to influential families in the Scottish English border ridings circa 11th century and further back had ancestral roots among the Strathclyde britons, who were defeated by the vikings in the late 800's. My father has always suspected that the Scaddens were descended from these vikings and that the name Scadden is actually an anglesization of 'Sigurdsen'. However I have not been able to locate any evidence of this.

Does anyone know who the Scadden could have been who earned the right to carry a crest?

My particular branch of the Scadden's are descended from George William Chard Scadden and Elizabeth Hodges, who emigrated to New Zealand in 1873 aboard the Forfarshire.George William and Elizabeth are buried in Masterton cemetary in the Wairarapa, as is his sister Eliza and her husband John Butcher. George William is descended from the Devon and Dorset Scaddens and his ancestry has been traced back to John Scaddinge (Scadding, Scadden) who was born in the mid-1500's and resided in Hemyock, Devon.

My great grandparents were William John Alexander Forfarshire Fox Scadden (buried at Patea, Taranaki) and Margaret O'Brien. It appears that he was brought out to NZ on the Forfarshire under the command of Captain Fox as a babe in arms. I am unsure when the names Forfarshire and Fox were added to his, but all NZ records which have been unearthed list all five christian names.

My grandparents John Patrick Noel (Jack) Scadden and Agnes Maud (daughter of Harry Maud) who married at Wellington NZ in 1926 had three sons, my father being the eldest of these sons - Maxwell John Scadden, who currently resides at Masterton in the Wairarapa. The lineage can be confusing at this point as Dad holds the dubious honour of being married three times and has one son, Brian to his first wife (Joan Ellen Jessie Ellis), two daughters (myself the eldest) Edith and Ruth to wife number 2 (Mary Reaston), and currently is married to Alberta Paku with whom he has another 2 sons - Luke Wiremu John Scadden and Gregory Dean Scadden.

I have a collection of many photographs of this branch of the Scaddens dating as far back as George William and Elizabeth and details of the complete tree from William John Alexander Forfarshire Fox Scadden and Margaret O'Brien.


Re: Devon/Dorset Scadden's (Scaddings)

Posted: 1078626685000
Classification: Query
We have a lot of Scadden's in my husband's family. I have a William Scadden (abt. 1822) married to an Elizabeth Chard (abt. 1826). Are these in names in your family? They had a son Robert Henry Warren Scadden.

Re: Devon/Dorset Scadden's (Scaddings)

Posted: 1107914571000
Classification: Query
Hello Annette,
I am doing my family reseach on the Scadden family at the moment It seems to me by the Scadden names you mention could be a connection to my family.My G.G Grandfather was
George William Chard Scadden and his Son George William Scadden was my Great Grandfather and I have some info on the family if you are still searching.
Kind regards.Ann.

Re: Devon/Dorset Scadden's (Scaddings)

Annette (View posts)
Posted: 1108192001000
Classification: Query
Still gathering info myself, any help would be appreciated. You can contact me directly thru e-mail, at My mother-in-law's mother was a Scadden - Ethel Scadden Unander and I have more info also, as the names you mentioned are on our tree also.

Re: Devon/Dorset Scadden's (Scaddings)

Posted: 1113767985000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1118864242000
The most helpful web-site I have found dealing with the Devon/Dorset Scaddens [Scaddings] is

I have been contributing to the Rootsweb Scadden Mailing List which is open for comments/contributions concerning any of the Scadd* Families wherever located....but I must admit that in recent years there has been a bias towards the Devon /Dorset Branch [mainly because I know more about this part of the family !] But I hope this is helpful. Rodger.
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