An ancient Pictish-Scottish family was the first to use the name Gatley. It is a name for someone who lived in some place which is now obscure. The surname Gatley belongs to the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Gatley family
The surname Gatley was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, 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 Gatley family
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Gatley Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations
of the name Gatley include Galletly, Gallightly, Gellatly, Gellately, Gillatly, Golightly and many more.
Early Notables of the Gatley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gatley family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gatley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Honor Gatley, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
Gatley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Charles Gatley, aged 22, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
- Ann Gatley, aged 23, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
Contemporary Notables of the name Gatley (post 1700)
- Ian Gatley, the American Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of New Jersey Institute of Technology
- Alfred Gatley (1816-1863), English sculptor
The Gatley 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: Hactenus invictus
Motto Translation: Hitherto unconquered.