General CAKEBREAD Name Notes
All Family History research reveals numerous spelling
variations of surnames and ours is no exception. The earliest record so far
known (in Latin) is in the Pipe Rolls of Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire
1109 where Aedwinus Cacabred was mentioned in what appears to be a land
dispute. Aedwinus was referred to as "a farmer in the flour trade" and
possibly was a branch of the Hereward family. Although it was so soon after the
Norman conquest when there were many French people living in Britain there
appears to be no French inference in the names.
Who knows !!
An unusual feature of this surname has been its almost unchanging spelling since the fourteenth century, another rarity in itself.
We see above that by 1109, very soon after the Norman Conquest, an early variation of the name was in use and the constituent parts CACA and BRED are reasonably similar to Old Norse and Old English words of 'kaka' and 'brede'. It is reasonable to assume it is not therefore of French influence. However, some input on this topic submitted by another reseacher indicates far more possibilities than the obvious interpretation.
All the evidence I have seen was that the Cakebreads were of humble or working class throughout the ages and unfortunately did not include any noble families so there would be NO Coats-of-Arms, although some US based web-sites seem to have invented them !!
After the few
records mentioned above the earliest records are from Parish Registers in a
wide area around Bishops Stortford in Hertfordshire and into nearby Essex but
this may be purely due the fact that such records were first kept here, or have
been preserved better.
Distribution Clues from Parish Records
predominance of the name in the home counties up to 1800 can be seen on
the following map indicating the presence of Parish Records on the
Click on image for larger map
The larger map shows the concentration of records in the Home Counties plus the few isolated examples in other counties which seemed to be single families. By 1800 several families existed in the Banbury / Bloxham area of north Oxfordshire, but the name was slow in spreading into other counties.
1881 National Census
By 1881 the
London area was the heart of the distribution of CAKEBREAD families. The group
of families in Oxfordshire had diminished and several had moved to Coventry in
The name now occurs in most areas of the British Isles. These are some other known occurrences:
Note: I would be interested to hear from researchers who have connections to any of these areas, the Welsh Cakebreads in particular.
CAKEBREADs in the Midlands
As my traceable
Cakebread ancestors have lived in the English Midlands for about 300 years all
my research has concentrated on that area. In my efforts to find connections I
have gathered a lot of information which I have set out on other pages.
Although this is nowhere near complete it might be useful to other reseachers.
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