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Where did the Scottish Cattanach family come from? What is the Scottish Cattanach family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cattanach family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cattanach family history?

The saga of the Cattanach family name begins among the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The Cattanach name is derived from the Gaelic Cattanaich which means belonging to the Chattan or the Clan of the Cat. In Gaelic, the surname is known as Catan, but through Anglicization, the name becomes Cattanach and others.

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Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Cattanach has appeared Cattanach, Cattenach, Cattenoch, Catan, Catanoch and others.

First found in Inverness, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cattanach research. Another 154 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1600, and 1800 are included under the topic Early Cattanach History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cattanach Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Cattanach: John Catanoch who settled in Wilmington N.C. in 1774 with his wife and four children. Archibald and William arrived in Philadelphia in 1855; but most of the Cattenachs settled in Glengarry county Ontario Canada with the MacDonalds, and in the census of 1852 there were 50 of the name recorded there..

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  • John Leckie Cattanach (1863-1926), American Major League Baseball player
  • Dr. John Cattanach (1885-1915), Scottish shinty player
  • Brigadier Helen Cattanach (1920-1994), Matron in Chief of army Nursing Services
  • Robert "Robbie" Cattanach, Australian footballer
  • George James Cattanach (1878-1954), Canadian lacrosse player who competed at the 1904 Summer Olympics


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The Cattanach Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cattanach 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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