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The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Catto. The Catto family lived in Norfolk, England; or the name may also be from Chetel, an Old Norse and Old English given name.

Catto Early Origins



The surname Catto was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Catto Spelling Variations


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Catto Spelling Variations



The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Catto has appeared as Catto, Cattoch, Cattow, Kitto, Citto, Chatto, Chattoch, Chetto, Cato and many more.

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Catto Early History


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Catto Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Catto research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1403, 1597, and 1633 are included under the topic Early Catto History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Catto Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Catto Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Catto 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



As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Catto Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Catto, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1754
  • William Catto, who arrived in Nevis in 1775
  • James Catto who settled in Maryland in 1775

Catto Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Isabella Catto, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Abeona" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Catto (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Catto (post 1700)



  • Henry Edward Catto Jr. (b. 1930), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, 1971-73; Great Britain, 1989-91; Director, U.S. Information Agency, 1991
  • C. G. Catto, American politician, Mayor of Waco, Texas, 1937
  • Henry E Catto Jr., American businessman and ambassador
  • Thomas Sivewright Catto (1879-1959), 1st Baron Catto, Scottish businessman and later Governor of the Bank of England
  • Jeremy Catto, British historian
  • Jamie Catto, British singer and songwriter

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Omnibus amicus
Motto Translation: A friend to everyone.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
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    The Catto Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Catto 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 3 November 2016 at 19:16.

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