Catron History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Catron surname 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 Catron 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 Catron family

The surname Catron 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.

Early History of the Catron family

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Catron Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Catron are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Catron include: Catterall, Caterell, Catterale, Catterell, Caterale, Cathrell, Catheral and many more.

Early Notables of the Catron family (pre 1700)

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United States Catron migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Catron or a variant listed above:

Catron Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • W. W. Catron, aged 36, originally from Liverpool, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Majestic (1890)" from Liverpool & Queenstown [1]
  • Tom C. Catron, aged 5, arrived in New York in 1894 aboard the ship "Chester" from Southampton, England [2]
Catron Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Catron, aged 10, originally from Geneva, arrived in New York in 1904 aboard the ship "Kronprinz Wilhelm" from Southampton, England [3]
  • John Catron, arrived in New York in 1905 aboard the ship "Oceanic" from Liverpool, England [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Catron (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Thomas Benton II Catron (1888-1973), American Director of Personnel, 3rd Service Command (1944-1946) [5]
  • John Catron (1786-1865), American jurist who served as a US Supreme Court justice from 1837 to 1865
  • Mike Catron (b. 1955), American former publisher of Apple Comics and co-founder of Fantagraphics
  • Thomas Benton Catron (1840-1921), American politician and lawyer who was influential in the establishment of the U.S. state of New Mexico
  • Thomas Benton Catron (1840-1921), American Republican politician, U.S. Attorney for New Mexico, 1872-78; Member New Mexico territorial council, 1884; U.S. Senator from New Mexico, 1912-17 [6]
  • Randle Catron, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, 2003 [6]
  • John H. Catron, American politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 2nd District, 1912-15 [6]
  • Charles Christopher Catron (1879-1951), American politician, Justice of New Mexico State Supreme Court, 1929-31; Appointed 1929 [6]
  • Bayard Lacey Catron (1874-1944), American politician, Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention 45th District, 1920-22 [6]


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J65F-PY9 : 6 December 2014), W. W. Catron, 15 Jun 1892; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Majestic (1890), NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXMJ-RPD : 6 December 2014), Tom C. Catron, 08 Mar 1894; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Chester, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNMC-BZR : 6 December 2014), Arthur Catron, 21 Jun 1904; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Kronprinz Wilhelm, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFW5-L6L : 6 December 2014), John Catron, 27 Sep 1905; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Oceanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Thomas Catron. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Catron/Thomas_Benton_II/USA.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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