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Where did the English Cattell family come from? What is the English Cattell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cattell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cattell family history?

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.

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Cattell has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Cattell, Cattle, Catel, Cattall, Catell, Cattelle and many more.

First found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cattell research. Another 399 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1279, 1500, 1530, 1653, 1683 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Cattell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cattell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cattell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • C. Cattell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Senator" in 1849

Cattell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Cattell landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Cattell, aged 38, a carpenter, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Mary Cattell, aged 35, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Harriett Cattell, aged 13, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • James Cattell, aged 8, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842


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  • 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
  • James McKeen Cattell (1860-1944), American psychologist, first professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Raymond B. Cattell (b. 1905), English psychologist
  • Mr. Roy Cattell, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • George Harold Cattell, Director-General of the National Farmers' Union in Britain
  • Alexander Gilmore Cattell, United States Senator from New Jersey


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The Cattell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cattell 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.

This page was last modified on 23 November 2015 at 10:19.

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