The Scottish surname Caldwell, also found in England and Northern Ireland, is an habitational name from any of several places in England and Scotland, derived from the Old English terms cald meaning “cold” and well meaning “ spring or stream.” Caldwell in North Yorkshire and Caldwell in Renfrewshire in Scotland are the two most frequent origins of the name. The name is first recorded in Scotland in the late 12th Century. Earliest records of the name in the New World date to 1685 when Archibald Caldwell arrived in New Jersey from Scotland. Today there are approximately 90,000 bearers of the name Caldwell living in the US.
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