Cattell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Cattell was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from Chetel, an Old Norse and Old English given name.
Early Origins of the Cattell family
The surname Cattell was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Cattell family
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Cattell Spelling Variations
Cattell has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Cattell have been found, including Cattell, Cattle, Catel, Cattall, Catell, Cattelle and many more.
Early Notables of the Cattell family (pre 1700)
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Cattell migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Cattell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- C. Cattell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Senator" in 1849 
Cattell migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Cattell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Cattell, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- William Cattell, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- James Cattell, aged 38, a carpenter, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
- Mary Cattell, aged 35, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
- Harriett Cattell, aged 13, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Cattell (post 1700) +
- James McKeen Cattell (1860-1944), American psychologist, first professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania
- William C. Cattell, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Gloucester County, 1906-08 
- Alexander Gilmore Cattell (1816-1894), American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Salem County, 1840; U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1866-71 
- Raymond B. Cattell (b. 1905), English psychologist
- George Harold Cattell, Director-General of the National Farmers' Union in Britain
- Alexander Gilmore Cattell, United States Senator from New Jersey
Historic Events for the Cattell family +
- Mr. Roy Cattell, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking 
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