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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Catran is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in or near the settlement of Catterall, which is located between Preston and Garstang in the county of Lancashire. Some experts also suggest that the surname Catran may be derived from a pet form of the name Caterin; this is a form of the personal name Catharine which became popular following its importation in the 12th century.

Early Origins of the Catran family


The surname Catran was first found in Lancashire 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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Early History of the Catran family

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Early History of the Catran family


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Catran Spelling Variations

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Catran Spelling Variations


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Catran has been spelled many different ways, including Catterall, Caterell, Catterale, Catterell, Caterale, Cathrell, Catheral and many more.

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Early Notables of the Catran family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Catran family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Catran family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Catran family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Catrans to arrive in North America: John Catheral who settled in Virginia in 1774; Chris Catherey settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1878. Edward Cathrell who settled in Virginia in 1656 with his wife Mary. Alice Catterall settled in Virginia in 1698.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Catran (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Catran (post 1700)


  • Jack Catran (b. 1918), American industrial designer, behavioral psychologist, scientist, and linguist
  • Ken Catran (b. 1944), New Zealand children's novelist and television screenwriter

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