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Early Origins of the Catcher family

The surname Catcher was first found in Norfolk where the "surname is derived from a nickname 'the catcher,' a huntsman, a follower of the chase." [1]

The first records of the family were found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Adam le Cacher, Norfolk; and Richard le Catchcre, Norfolk. [1]

The History of Norfolk notes William Catchare, Norfolk, temp. Edward I and Hugh Catchare, Norfolk, 3 Edward III. [2]

Early History of the Catcher family

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Catcher Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Catcher include Catcher, Cacher, Ketcher, Kecher and others.

Early Notables of the Catcher family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Catcher family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Catcher (post 1700) +

  • Bernard Catcher, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2000 [3]
  • Walter Catcher, American Electrical Engineer, Pennsylvania

  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. Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook