Show ContentsCatterall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The present generation of the Catterall family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in or near the settlement of Catteral, which is located between Preston and Garstang in the county of Lancashire. The Domesday Book of 1086 lists this place as Catrehala. [1]

Some experts also suggest that the surname Catterall 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 Catterall family

The surname Catterall was first found in Lancashire at Catteral, a township, in the parish and union of Garstang, hundred of Amounderness. "The family of Catteral were in possession of this place for a considerable period; from them it passed by marriage to the Sherburnes, and subsequently came to the Banisters, Winckleys, and others." [2]

Early rolls for the family include: Robert de Caterell in the Curia Regis Rolls for Hampshire in 1222; John de Caterhale in the Subsidy Rolls for Lancashire in 1332; Lawrence Cattrall in Yorkshire in 1462; Richard Caterall, a Freeman of York in 1500 and William Katerel in the Assize Rolls for Staffordshire in 1203. [3]

The Lay Subsidy Rolls include an entry for Lorade Caterhale, Lancashire, 1332. [4]

"The Catteralls, who are now represented in Preston, derive their name from a Lancashire township. Henry Catterall was guild - mayor of Preston in 1602. In the list of Lancashire Roman Catholics registered after the rebellion of 1715 occurs the name of Catterall, a small estate - holder." [5]

Early History of the Catterall family

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Catterall Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Catterall include Catterall, Caterell, Catterale, Catterell, Caterale, Cathrell, Catheral, Catherey, Kitrell and many more.

Early Notables of the Catterall family (pre 1700)

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United States Catterall migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Catterall were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Catterall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Alice Catterall, who settled in Virginia in 1698
Catterall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Catterall, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1854 with Richard

Australia Catterall migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Catterall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Catterall, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Miss Mary Ann Catterall, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Earl of Liverpool" in December 1830, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. John Catterall, English convict who was convicted in Preston, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 30th September 1848, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [8]
  • Anne Catterall, aged 24, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Northern Light" [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Catterall (post 1700) +

  • Ralph Tunnicliff Catterall (1897-1978), American jurist, Judge of the Virginia State Corporation Commission
  • William Albert Catterall (b. 1946), American pharmacologist and neurobiologist, Foreign Member of the Royal Society in 2008
  • Arthur Catterall (1883-1943), English concert violinist, orchestral leader and conductor, eponym of the Arthur Catterall Cup for violin or viola concerto performance
  • Stuart Colin Catterall (b. 1975), former English cricketer for the Lancashire Cricket Board (2000-2002)
  • Duncan Neil Catterall (b. 1978), English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Worcestershire
  • Mrs. Susan Catterall M.B.E., British Trustee for Orpington Unit Management Committee for Sea Cadet Corps, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for voluntary service to Young People [10]
  • Claire-Louise Catterall, British model, World Model competitor and Miss Universe Great Britain competitor
  • Marlene Catterall (b. 1939), Canadian former politician, Member of Parliament for Ottawa West (1988-1997), for Ottawa West-Nepean (1997-2006)
  • Charles Catterall (1914-1966), South African gold medalist boxer at the 1934 British Empire Games and a silver medalist at the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • Robert Hector "Bob" Catterall (1900-1961), South African cricketer who played in 24 Tests from 1922 to 1931

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  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2021). Retrieved from
  8. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th November 2021). Retrieved from
  9. South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Norther Light 1855. Retrieved
  10. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook