The ancestors of the bearers of the Cattmull family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Catermole in Norfolk
, a place lost to modern maps. The name is first recorded in Suffolk
, just to the south of Norfolk, and probably appeared there first because local
surnames were often acquired by families after leaving the place they are named after. A surname like "de Catermole" would not serve to distinguish you from your neighbors in Catermole, but it may be appropriate if you had just arrived in a new town after leaving Catermole.
Early Origins of the Cattmull family
The surname Cattmull was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Cattmull family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cattmull research.Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1478, 1524, 1668, 1743, 1748, 1780, 1786, 1800, 1795, 1858, 1823, 1800 and 1868 are included under the topic Early Cattmull History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cattmull Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Cattmull include Cattermole, Cakyrmoll, Catermoll, Cackamoule, Cackamole, Cattermoul, Catermoul, Catmull, Cattermoll and many more.
Early Notables of the Cattmull family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cattmull family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cattmull or a variant listed above: Charles Cattermole, who settled in Mississippi in 1840; James Cattermole, who settled in Ontario in 1871; John Charles Anton Cattermole, who settled in San Francisco in 1877.