The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Catlet came from Chetel,
an Old Norse and Old English given name.
Early Origins of the Catlet family
The surname Catlet was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Catlet family
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Catlet Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Catlet family name include Cattell, Cattle, Catel, Cattall, Catell, Cattelle and many more.
Early Notables of the Catlet family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Catlet family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Catlet surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Thomas Cattle who arrived in Virginia in 1635.