Caldwell Family History

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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 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

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

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Caldwell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Caldwell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Caldwell. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Caldwell Family Origin

Where is the Caldwell family from?

Caldwell Family Occupations

What did your Caldwell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, School and Clerk were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Caldwell. A less common occupation for the Caldwell family was Blacksmith. The most common Caldwell occupation in Canada was Farmer. 41% of Caldwell's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Clerk

  • Blacksmith


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Caldwell ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Caldwell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 432,000 census records available for the last name Caldwell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Caldwell census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 50,000 immigration records available for the last name Caldwell. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Caldwell Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Caldwell ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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