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Catto Surname History



Catto is an ancient Scottish name that was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for someone who lived in Norfolk, England; or the name may also be from Chetel, an Old Norse and Old English given name.


Early Origins of the Catto family


The surname Catto was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Catto family


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Catto Spelling Variations


In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Catto has been spelled Catto, Cattoch, Cattow, Kitto, Citto, Chatto, Chattoch, Chetto, Cato and many more.

Early Notables of the Catto family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Catto family to the New World and Oceana


Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them:

Catto Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Catto, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1754
  • William Catto, who arrived in Nevis in 1775
  • James Catto who settled in Maryland in 1775

Catto Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Isabella Catto, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Abeona" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Catto (post 1700)


  • William D. Catto, American United States Marine Corps major general, Chief of Staff of the United States European Command
  • Octavius Valentine Catto (1839-1871), American black educator, intellectual, and civil rights activist in Philadelphia
  • Henry Edward Catto Jr. (1930-2011), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, 1971-73; Great Britain, 1989-91; Director, U.S. Information Agency, 1991 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • C. G. Catto, American politician, Mayor of Waco, Texas, 1937 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Thomas Sivewright Catto (1879-1959), 1st Baron Catto, Scottish businessman and later Governor of the Bank of England
  • Stephen Gordon Catto (1923-2001), 2nd Baron Catto, British banker and businessman
  • Jeremy Catto (b. 1939), British historian, former Rhodes Fellow and Tutor in Modern History, Oriel College, Oxford
  • Jamie Catto (b. 1968), British singer and songwriter

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Citations


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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