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Caddie

 

About the study

The Caddie one name study is initially studying all instances of Caddie as a surname around the world and if there are relationships between the various branches.

It is also looking at the origins of the Caddie surname.

Name origin

There are very few references to Caddie in surname research however www.surnamedb.com provides three possible sources:

  • Old English personal name Cada meaning lump
  • Old French from cade meaning casket or barrel and given to coopers as an occupational name
  • Middle English from cade meaning a domestic animal.

Henry Harrison in 1912 (Surnames of the United Kingdom, A Concise Etymological Dictionary) has another possiblity:

- Latin from caput meaning head, through Scottish Cadie / Frech Cadet meaning a younger brother to an occupational name for a messenger or porter.

Modern usage of the word caddie usually relates to three things:

  • A golf caddie
  • A tea caddie
  • A shopping trolley, in Europe a manufacturer of these is Caddie and it is sometimes used in the same way that Hoover is sometimes used to describe products from any manufacturer.

Name frequency

There are rarely many Caddie references in census returns:

In England and Wales the numbers are: 1841 -5, 1851 - 5, 1861 - 8, 1871 - 15, 1881 - 14, 1891 - 11, 1901 - 20, 1911 - 5.

In Scotland the numbers are: 1841 - 2, 1851 - 28, 1861 - 11, 1871 - 31, 1881 - 15, 1891 - 23, 1901 - 19.

In Canada the numbers are: 1851 - 5, 1861 - 0, 1871 - 1, 1881 - 12, 1891 - 2, 1901 - 6, 1911 - 8.

In the USA the numbers are: 1830 - 1, 1840 - 1, 1850 - 0, 1860 - 7, 1870 - 1, 1880 - 10, 1890 - 0, 1900 - 13, 1910 - 17, 1920 - 36, 1930 - 17.

Distribution of the name

Data for Caddie has been found in England, Wales, Scotland, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa so far.

Searches of online directories in European countries has only revealed contacts for company Caddie.

Data

The majority of the data I have has come from online searches - the number of mentions as at December 2012 was:

Ancestry - Census and Electoral Rolls 1083, BMD including Parish 776, Military 91, Immigration and Travel 114, Pictures 514, Stories 10, Maps 4, Schools and Directories 1809, Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills 8, Family Trees 542, Living Relatives 51.

Family Search - BMD 404, Census and Lists 180, Migration and Naturalisation 8, Military 3, Probate and Court 6.

Find my past - Census 165, Births 56, Deaths 33, Marriages 55

Another useful source of data has been telephone directories and Genes Reunited where contacts with a Caddie in their family trees have often provided the linking information.

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