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

The history of the Gaytan family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Lancashire. The name, however, refers to the family's residence near an important thoroughfare or main road. It derives from the Old English root gate, which means road or thoroughfare.

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Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Gate, Gates and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaytan research. Another 226 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1164, 1206, 1260, 1275, and 1379 are included under the topic Early Gaytan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Gaytan or a variant listed above were:

Gaytan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Juan Gaytan, who landed in America in 1826
  • Pedro Gaytan, who arrived in America in 1827
  • Pedro De Gaytan, who arrived in Peru in 1835
  • Gabriel Gaytan, who arrived in New Spain in 1836

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