Cathcart History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Scotland, Cathcart was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in the region of Cathcart near Glasgow, along the "Cart" river. [1]

Early Origins of the Cathcart family

The surname Cathcart was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland.

Early History of the Cathcart family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cathcart research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1447, 1546, 1513, 1178, 1200, 1230, 1296 and are included under the topic Early Cathcart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cathcart Spelling Variations

In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Cathcart has been spelled Cathcart, Cathert, Kethkert, Kethkart and others.

Early Notables of the Cathcart family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Cathcart family to Ireland

Some of the Cathcart family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Cathcart migration to the United States +

Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them:

Cathcart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Cathcart who settled in New England in 1730
Cathcart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Cathcart, aged 47, who landed in South Carolina in 1812 [2]
  • Gabriel Cathcart, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [2]
  • Alexander Cathcart, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [2]
  • Catherine Cathcart, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [2]
  • William Cathcart, who arrived in Mississippi in 1819 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Cathcart migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cathcart Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Isabella Cathcart, (b. 1855), aged 19, Scottish domestic servant, from Forfar travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Oamaru" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th February 1875 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cathcart (post 1700) +

  • Richard Brook Cathcart (b. 1943), American geographer who specializes in macro-engineering
  • Daniel B. Cathcart (1906-1959), American two-time Academy Award nominated director
  • Isaac Cathcart (1845-1909), Irish-born, American businessman and Snohomish County, Washington pioneer
  • Charles William Cathcart (1809-1888), United States Representative and Senator from Indiana
  • Charles "Dick" Richard Cathcart (1924-1993), American Dixieland trumpet player
  • Hugh Cathcart, American politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1867 [4]
  • George W. Cathcart, American politician, Candidate in Democratic primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 5th District, 1961; Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1979 [4]
  • Freeda L. Cathcart, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Virginia State House of Delegates 17th District, 2011 [4]
  • David Cathcart, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Dayton, Ohio, 1831-43 [4]
  • Charles William Cathcart (1809-1888), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Indiana State House of Representatives, 1835, 1843; Member of Indiana State Senate, 1837-40; Presidential Elector for Indiana, 1844 [4]
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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