Atha History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Atha is Ango-Saxon in origin. It is derived from the Old English "gehaeg", meaning "dweller at the enclosure" and was most likely originally borne by someone living within an enclosure.

Early Origins of the Atha family

The surname Atha was first found in Cambridgeshire, where it is thought to have first emerged.

Important Dates for the Atha family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atha research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1379, and 1568 are included under the topic Early Atha History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Atha Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Atha family name include Athy, Athey, Atha, Atty, Attey and others.

Early Notables of the Atha family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Atha Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Atha family to Ireland

Some of the Atha family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Atha migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Atha surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Atha Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Herbert Atha, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
  • Mrs. H.G. Atha, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1896
  • Thomas Atha, aged 56, who landed in America from Huddersfield, in 1897
Atha Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Augustus A. Atha, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Mrs. Atha, aged 52, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Albert H. Atha, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Henry Atha, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Herbert B. Atha, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Atha (post 1700)

  • Robert Atha (b. 1960), American football placekicker, punter, and backup quarterback
  • Richard E. "Dick" Atha (b. 1931), retired American basketball player
  • Stuart David Atha DSO ADC, British senior officer of the Royal Air Force, current Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group
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