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

The Scottish name Gaddes is thought to be a habitational name, taken on from a place name in the county of Nairn. The place name Geddes is thought to have come from a Gaelic term for a mountain ridge. It has also been suggested that the surname was a patronymic created from the personal name Geddie, of uncertain origin, but which may come from a Scots dialect word "gedd," meaning "pike."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Geddes, Geddas, Geddis, Gedes, Geddeis, Geddy and many more.

First found in Nairnshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Narann) in northern Scotland, today part of the Council Area of Highland where they held the lands of Geddes, formerly held by the Rose family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaddes research. Another 427 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1406, 1470, 1558, 1590, 1597, 1394, 1600, 1660, 1650, 1713, 1739, 1799, 1737, 1802 and are included under the topic Early Gaddes History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 261 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaddes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Gaddes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 209 words(15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gaddes Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Gaddes, who landed in Colorado in 1888

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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: Capta majora
Motto Translation: Seek greater things.

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