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

The surname Gatica is derived from the Italian word "gatto," meaning "a cat." It was no doubt taken on as a surname after having been a nickname for someone who was in some way cat-like.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Gati, Gatti, Gatto, Gatta, La Gatto, Gattelli, Gattini, Gattoli, Gattolin, Gattulli, Gattullo, Gattai, Gattei, Gatteschi, Gatiglia, Gattuso, Del Gatto, Gattico, Gattinara, Gattic, Gattola and many more.

First found in Sicily (Italian: Sicilia), the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gatica research. Another 391 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1589, 1400, 1171, 1771, 1909, 1905, 1902 and 1909 are included under the topic Early Gatica History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 95 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gatica Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Gatti, who was naturalized in Mississippi in 1845; Aless Gatti of Genoa, who arrived at Ellis Island, New York in 1893; Cataldo Gatti, who arrived at Ellis Island, New York in 1892.


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  1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
  4. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  8. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  9. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
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The Gatica Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gatica 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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