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Where did the English Caton family come from? What is the English Caton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Caton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Caton family history?The ancestors of the name Caton date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Yorkshire.
Caton has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Caton, Catton, Cattan, Catten, Caten and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caton research. Another 189 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1636 and 1665 are included under the topic Early Caton History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Caton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Catons to arrive on North American shores:
Caton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Caton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Caton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Cautes metuit fovean lupus
Motto Translation: The cautious wolf fears the snare.
The Caton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Caton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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