The ancestry of the name Catherton dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the 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 Catherton family
The surname Catherton 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 Catherton family
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Catherton Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Catherton have been found, including Chatterton, Chadderton, Chatherton, Chaderton and others.
Early Notables of the Catherton 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 Catherton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Catherton family to Ireland
Some of the Catherton 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 Catherton family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Catherton, or a variant listed above: N. Chadderton who arrived in San Francisco in 1850; John Chatterton with his brother David arrived in Philadelphia in 1828; Henry Chatterton arrived in New York in 1822.
The Catherton 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