Caddens

Caddens - what does Caddens surname mean?

Recorded as Caddan, Caden, Cadden, Caddens, Caddin, Cadding, and others, this is a surname of Olde English and Scottish pre 7th century origins. It derives from the personal name of ancient times `Cada` of which the literal meaning is believed to be `rounded`. As such it may originally have applied to a person who lived by a rounded hill or promentary, or a burial barrow. It may even have applied to a person who was himself `rounded` or again given the robust humour of those long off times, the complete reverse! The name itself is probably tribal and refers to the `Cada people` (-ing). It is also possible that it is locational from a place called Cadden or similar spelling and there is Caddon Water near Selkirk in Scotland, which could have provided the name holders. As a locational name it probably originates from Cada plus `denu`, meaning a valley or `dun`, a hill. The surname is well recorded in the surviving registers of the city of London. A good example is that of William Cadden abd his wife Elizabeth who were christening witnesses to their daughter Marye, at St Helens Bishopgate, on August 20th 1598.

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