Catnach is an ancient Pictish-Scottish name. It is derived from the Gaelic Cattanaich which means belonging to the Chattan or the Clan of the Cat. In Gaelic, the surname is known as Catan, but through Anglicization, the name becomes Cattanach and others.
The surname Catnach was first found in Inverness, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Catnach has appeared Cattanach, Cattenach, Cattenoch, Catan, Catanoch and others.
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Catnach name:
Catnach Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Agnes Catnach, aged 29, originally from Newcastle, England, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England
John Catnach (1769-1813), Scottish-born, Geordie printer and publisher, father of James Catnach
James Catnach (1792-1841), Northumberland-born, printer and major publisher of chapbooks in the Seven Dials district of London, born at Alnwick in Northumberland, 18 Aug. 1792, son of John Catnach, a printer of that town