This interesting surname of English origin with variant spellings Caladyne, Kaledon, Colladon, Calladine, etc., is a dialectal variant of the locational name Carden in Cheshire, deriving from the old English pre 7th Century "carr" meaning "rock" plus "worthign" "enclosure". The placename is recorded in the mid 13th Century in the form Kawrdin and in the early 14th Century as Cawardyn. The surname dates back to the late 16th Century, (see below). Further recordings include one Fortune Calladine who was christened on October 8th 1619 at St.Mary's, Mountlaw, London, Alice, daughter of John and Barbara Calladine was christened on October 16th 1625 at St. Botolph's, Bishopsgate, London, and Henry, son of Steven and Margaret Calladyne, was christened at St. James, Clerkenwell, London on October 23rd 1625. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Caladyne, (witness the christening of his son Stephen), which was dated 1588, St. Giles, Cripplegate, London, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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