Catane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Catane first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Norfolk. However, there are numerous other places named Catton including: a chapelry in the parish of Croxall, Derbyshire; a parish in East Riding Yorkshire; a township in the parish of Topcliffe, North Riding of Yorkshire; and Caton, a chapelry in the parish of Lancaster. [1]

One source notes that the family may have been anciently Norman in origin: "Herebert Katune, of Normandy, 1198 (Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae). This may mean the English family of De Catton, which it shows to have been Norman." [2]

Early Origins of the Catane family

The surname Catane was first found in Norfolk "from time immemorial till the middle of the last century. Until the close of the XVI. cent., Catton and De Catton; from the manor of Catton near Norwich, which in Domesday is spelt Catun and Catuna. The Latinizations Catonus, Gathonus, and Chattodunus occur in old records." [3]

"The Catons of Essex are probably a branch of the ancient family of Caton or Catton of Norfolk." [4]

Researchers scanning through early rolls discovered the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Robert de Catton, or Cattune: Norfolk, 1273; and John Caton, Huntingdonshire. The Lay Subsidy Rolls listed John de Caton, of Lancaster, Lancashire. And the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes de Catton; and Willelmus de Caytton. [1]

Walter Catton or Chattodunus (d. 1343), was "a Franciscan friar of Norwich, was, according to some authorities, head of the Minorite convent situated between the churches of St. Cuthbert and St. Vedast. He seems to have been an author of some repute in his generation, and was, according to Bale, a great student of Aristotle. Towards the close of his life he was summoned to Avignon by the Pope, and died a penitentiary in that city in 1343. " [5]

Early History of the Catane family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Catane research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1636, 1665 and 1652 are included under the topic Early Catane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Catane Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Catane has appeared include Caton, Catton, Cattan, Catten, Caten and others.

Early Notables of the Catane family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Caton (1636-1665), an early English Quaker itinerant preacher and writer. He "was probably a near relation of Margaret Askew, afterwards wife of Thomas Fell, vice-chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster. At the age of fourteen he was taken by his father to the judge's house at Swarthmore...
Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Catane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Catane migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Catane arrived in North America very early:

Catane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Antonio Catane, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1896 aboard the ship "Belgravia" from Naples, Italy [6]
Catane Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Emilio Catane, aged 25, originally from Cagnano, Italy, arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Duca Degli Abruzzi" from Naples, Italy [7]
  • Lisetta Catane, aged 8, originally from Cagnano, Italy, arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Duca Degli Abruzzi" from Naples, Italy [8]
  • Guiseppe Catane, aged 18, originally from Carlentini, Sicily, arrived in New York in 1914 aboard the ship "Canada" from Palermo, Italy [9]


The Catane 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: Cautes metuit fovean lupus
Motto Translation: The cautious wolf fears the snare.


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXQV-KZQ : 6 December 2014), Antonio Catane, 30 Apr 1896; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Belgravia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ6Z-G3G : 6 December 2014), Emilio Catane, 21 Dec 1910; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Duca Degli Abruzzi, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ6Z-G3P : 6 December 2014), Lisetta Catane, 21 Dec 1910; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Duca Degli Abruzzi, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJQV-MJS : 6 December 2014), Guiseppe Catane, 20 Feb 1914; citing departure port Palermo, arrival port New York, ship name Canada, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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