The name Caterton is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in Chadderton,
which had two locations. The first in the parish of Oldham in the county of Lancashire
, the second, a township in the parish of Healaugh in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The place-name is derived from the Latin word Cathedra,
which means the place by the hill.
Early Origins of the Caterton family
The surname Caterton was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. In the 13th century, a Richard de Trafford gave lands of the name Chadderton to his son Geoffrey (circa 1235-1332,) who adopted the name of the estate, becoming Geoffrey de Chadderton. Possesion of the manor left the family when Margery, a daughter and heir of Chadderton Manor, married a John de Radcliffe in circa 1367. Today, Chatterton is a small village in the southern part of the Rossendale Valley.
Early History of the Caterton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caterton research.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1536, 1640, 1584, 1591, 1752, 1760, 1770 and 1850 are included under the topic Early Caterton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Caterton Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Caterton were recorded, including Chatterton, Chadderton, Chatherton, Chaderton and others.
Early Notables of the Caterton family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Laurence Chaderton (c.1536-1640), Puritan divine, first master of Emmanuel College in 1584, who was among the translators of the King James Version of the Bible; James Assheton of Chadderton, Esquire, High Sheriff
in 1591; and Thomas... Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Caterton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Caterton family to Ireland
Some of the Caterton family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 99 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Caterton family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Caterton family emigrate to North America:
Caterton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Margaret Caterton, who landed in Maryland in 1671 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The Caterton 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: Loyal a Mort
Motto Translation: Loyal unto death