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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 ceald ‘cold’ + well(a) ‘spring stream’. Caldwell in North Yorkshire is one major source of the surname; Caldwell in Renfrewshire in Scotland another. Possibly also from Caldwell (Warwickshire) Caldwall (Worcestershire) Cauldwell (Bedfordshire Derbyshire Nottinghamshire) Caudle Green (Gloucestershire) Caudle Ditch or Cawdle Fen (Cambridgeshire) Chadwell (Essex Hertfordshire Leicestershire Wiltshire) Chardwell (Essex) or Chardle Ditch (Cambridgeshire early recorded as Kadewelle). Irish: when not the English surname this is an Anglicized form of Ó Fuarghuis or Ó hUarghusa ‘descendant of (F)uarghus’ a personal name whose literal sense ‘cold’ + ‘choice’ was reinterpreted as coming from fuaruisce ‘cold water’.

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


Similar surnames: Chadwell, Carswell, Cordwell, Cantwell, Cardwell, Cauldwell, Coldwell

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Where is the Caldwell family from?

You can see how Caldwell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Caldwell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Caldwell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 173 Caldwell families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 15% of all the recorded Caldwell's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Caldwell families in 1840.
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What did your Caldwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Caldwell. 17% of Caldwell men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Caldwell women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Caldwell were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    17%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Cook
    6%
  • Housewife
    5%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 96,000 military records available for the last name Caldwell. For the veterans among your Caldwell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Caldwell lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Caldwell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Caldwell in 1940 was 39, and 73 in 2004.

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