Catling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Catling was formed. The name was derived from the Old French names Caterine and Cateline, which were forms of the personal name Catharine. These names were introduced into England in the 12th century and became very popular, especially in the variant forms Catelin and Cateline. Thus the surname Catling is a metronymic type of surname, and is derived from the name of the original bearer's mother.

Early Origins of the Catling family

The surname Catling was first found in Wiltshire. Some of the first records of the family were found her in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 that included early spelling of the name: Geoffrey Gatelin; and Johanna Gatelyn. [1]

Richard Jordan Gatling (1818-1903) was the American inventor of his eponymous Gatling gun, considered to be the first successful machine gun that first saw service in 1862. Born on the family plantation in Como, Hertford County, North Carolina, he was a successful inventor by the age of 21 inventing the screw propeller for steamboats. His grandfather William James Gatling (1760-1822), was from Virginia.

Early History of the Catling family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Catling research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1574, 1559, 1574, 1547, 1520, 1556, 1545, 1583, 1662, 1625, 1640, 1644, 1634, 1702, 1679, 1685, 1689 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Catling History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Catling Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Catling include Catlin, Catling, Catlyn, Catlyne, Catlyng and others.

Early Notables of the Catling family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Robert Catlin (died 1574), English jurist, Chief Justice of the Queen's Bench (1559-1574). He was born at Beby in Leicestershire, though his ancestry is said to have belonged to Northamptonshire. He was a member of the Middle Temple, and was appointed reader to that society in 1547. [2] Richard Catlyn (by 1520-1556), of Norwich and Honingham, Norfolk and Serjeants' Inn...
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Catling Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Catling migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Catling were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Catling Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Catling, who settled in New England in 1769
Catling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Catling, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Percy Catling, aged 15, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Wm. Catling, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
Catling Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elizabeth Catling, aged 29, who landed in America from London, in 1905
  • Alice Catling, aged 31, who landed in America from Beccles, England, in 1908
  • Leonard T Catling, aged 43, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Bernard Catling, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States from Ware, England, in 1913
  • Walter Catling, aged 39, who immigrated to America, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Catling (post 1700) +

  • Sir Richard Charles Catling (1912-2005), British police officer who rose to the rank of Commissioner of Police in Kenya
  • Patrick Skene Catling, British children's book author and book reviewer

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. George C Catling, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [3]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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