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The ancient Norman culture that was established in England after the Conquest of 1066 produced the name of Catt. It was given to a person who has a fancied resemblance to a cat. The name stems from the Old Northern French cat, of the same meaning, which occurs in many languages in the same form from a very early period.

Catt Early Origins



The surname Catt was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Catt Spelling Variations


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Catt Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Catt, Cat, Catts, Ketts, Chatt, Chat and others.

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Catt Early History


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Catt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Catt research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Catt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Catt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Catt Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Catt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Catt or a variant listed above:

Catt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Catt, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Catt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Catt, who settled in America in 1737
  • Curteis Catt, who setted in America in 1767
  • Curtis Catt, who setted in America in 1767
  • Richard Catt, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774
  • John Catt who settled in Maryland in 1775

Catt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Henry Catt, who settled in Ontario in 1871

Catt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Walter Catt, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm
  • William Catt, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm

Catt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ann Catt, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Catt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Catt (post 1700)



  • Michael Catt, American actor and producer, known for his work on Courageous (2011), Fireproof (2008) and Facing the Giants (2006)
  • Donald Catt, American politician, Mayor of Albany, Oregon, 1971
  • Charles Catt, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 1956
  • Carrie Clinton Chapman Catt (1859-1947), American reformer
  • Anthony Waldron Catt (b. 1933), former English cricketer
  • Nathan Catt (b. 1988), English rugby union player from Bristol
  • Oliver Catt (b. 1993), English musician based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • Michael John "Mike" Catt OBE (b. 1971), South African-born, English rugby union footballer who played from 1992 to 2010, member of the England National team 1994 to 2007
  • Ivor Catt (b. 1935), British electronics engineer, known for his work on electromagnetism
  • Ian Catt, British record producer and multi-instrumentalist

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Catt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Catt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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