Clans, Tartans, and Surnames

Clans | Tartans | Surnames

 

Understanding the unwritten history of your family is like trying to complete a giant jigsaw puzzle without the box-cover picture to guide you. There is a dearth of seemingly-conflicting information. You must continually theorize about the completed picture with each new piece of information that you find.

To put the origins of the surname Cadzow in some context, it is helpful to understand how the association between surnames and families, clans, and tartans evolved in Scotland. The following information is excerpted from the Collins guide to Scots kith & kin: A guide to the Clans and surnames of Scotland HarperCollins Publishers, Glasgow 1989 (revised edition).

You will find that the traditional view of how you research your lineage, at least prior to 1700 AD, becomes a little more cloudy…


Wikipedia on the origins of tartans. More…

Find your tartan at the House of Tartan. More…

Did you know there’s a Tartan day every April? More…

Scotland on Line have teamed up with the Scottish Tartans World Register to bring you the complete Register of all Publicly Known Tartans online. More…

Find your clan at the Gathering of the Clans. More…