Chattan or ' Clan
of the Cats' was a powerful confederation of Scottish clans united in the year 1609. Originally composed of the Mackintoshes, Davidsons, Macphersons, MacGillivrays and MacBeans, it was later strengthened by the addition of the Farquharsons and other smaller clans that joined for protection. All these clans share the same Clan
Crest and Motto, but have an individual Coat of Arms. Gillechattan Mor is claimed to have been the clan's first chief.
Early Origins of the Chaten family
The surname Chaten was first found in on the lands of Chatto in Roxburghshire
came a family bearing this as a surname. But records also reveal that the Chattan Clan
originated in Warwickshire
where they were recorded at Bromwich with manor and estates in that shire. They were originally of Chatou in Normandy
. They moved northward at 1150 at the invitation of David, Earl of Huntingdon
, and were granted lands on the Kale Water in the parish of Hounan, Roxburghshire
, which they named Chatto. One of the first notables on record was Alexander Chatto, Constable of Roxburgh
. Sir Adam Chatto rendered homage to King Edward I
during the latter's brief conquest of Scotland
in 1296, as did William and Robert Chatto. A later Sir Adam Chatto of Kelso was Sub Prior in 1531, and Richard Chatto was Sub Prior of Melrose in 1534. The Chattos family intermarried with the two distinguished Northumbrian families of Percy and Potts, and became involved in border warfare.
Early History of the Chaten family
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Chaten Spelling Variations
Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations
in Scottish names. Chaten has been spelled Chatto, Chattoo, Chato, Chatoo, Katto, Cato, Schatto, Shatto, Chattow, Chattone and many more.
Early Notables of the Chaten family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chaten family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland
. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence
solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them: Lewis
Chatto who arrived in New York in 1820.
The Chaten Motto
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: Omnibus amicus
Motto Translation: A friend to everyone.