Catlett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Catlett is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from Chetel, an Old Norse and Old English given name. "The Welsh Annals (Annales Cambriae, Mon. Hist. Brit.) mention a Catell, king of Powys, in A.D. 808, and other eminent personages of the same Christian name. Cattal is, however, the name of a township in the West Riding of Yorkshire. " [1]

Early Origins of the Catlett family

The surname Catlett was first found in Norfolk, where Chetel Frieday, a freeman was listed in 1087. [2] Early records were more often than not of the name as a forename as almost two hundred years later, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Cattle Bagge in Cambridgeshire. [3] The same rolls include Hervey Catel in Norfolk and Geoffrey Cattel in Huntingdonshire. [4]

Later in Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 include: Thomas Chetill; and Johannes Chetel. [3]

Again in Yorkshire, we found John Cattle in 1653, John Cattell in 1683, and John Cattall in 1707, all listed as Freemen of York. [4]

"The name of Cattell is now well established around Birmingham: it is also found in the contiguous county of Oxford. Six hundred years ago it occurred as Catel and Katel in Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hunts, Norfolk, and Lincolnshire." [5]

Early History of the Catlett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Catlett research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1279, 1500, 1530, 1561, 1780, 1781, 1653, 1683, 1707, 1773, 1787, 1790, 1792, 1802, 1810 and 1814 are included under the topic Early Catlett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Catlett Spelling Variations

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 Catlett have been found, including Cattell, Cattle, Catel, Cattall, Catell, Cattelle and many more.

Early Notables of the Catlett family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Geoffrey Catel, a prominent 13th century landholder in Huntingdonshire. Back in France, where some of the family remained, Charles Simon Catel, born June 1773 at l'Aigle (Orne); began his studies very early under Sacchini, Gobert, and Gossec, in the 'Ecole royale de chant et de déclamation,' at Paris. In 1787 he was made accompanist and 'professeur-adjoint' of the School, and in 1790 accompanist at the Opera. The same year he became chief, conjointly with Gossec, of the band of the Garde Nationale, for which he wrote a vast quantity of military music, which was...
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Catlett Ranking

In the United States, the name Catlett is the 4,830th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [6]


United States Catlett migration to the United States +

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. Among the first immigrants of the name Catlett, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Catlett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Catlett, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [7]
  • Nicholas Catlett, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Catlett (post 1700) +

  • Elizabeth Catlett (b. 1915), American sculptor and printmaker
  • Mary Jo Catlett (b. 1938), American actress
  • Gale Catlett (b. 1940), American basketball player and longtime basketball coach
  • Walter Catlett (1889-1960), American actor
  • Sidney Catlett (1910-1951), American swinging jazz drummer
  • Leon B. Catlett, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1960 [8]
  • J. R. Catlett, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1916 [8]
  • Hilary J. Catlett, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Morgan County, 1934 [8]
  • Gussie Catlett, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Oklahoma, 1939-40; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1952 [8]
  • Don V. Catlett, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Ciudad Trujillo, 1943 [8]
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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