The chronicle of the name Catenach begins with a family in the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland
. The 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
Early Origins of the Catenach family
The surname Catenach was 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.
Early History of the Catenach family
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Catenach Spelling Variations
When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred
years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations
every time they were written. Catenach has been written Cattanach, Cattenach, Cattenoch, Catan, Catanoch and others.
Early Notables of the Catenach family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Catenach family to the New World and Oceana
The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Catenach: 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..