Last name origins & meanings:
- Welsh: from a personal name composed of the elements cad
‘battle’ + gwaladr ‘leader’.
- John Cadwallader (died 1734) came from Pembroke, Wales, to PA in
the late 17th century. The name Cadwal(l)ader appears in 18th-century
Philadelphia, PA, including Thomas Cadwalader (1707–1799), a
physician, and his sons, John (1742–1786) and Lambert (1743–1823),
both revolutionary war soldiers.
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