Catts History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Catts family

The surname Catts was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth. It hold great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

Early History of the Catts family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Catts research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1762 is included under the topic Early Catts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Catts Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cat, Cate, Catt, Catte, Cats, Cates, Catts, Caat, Caats, van Cat and many more.

Early Notables of the Catts family (pre 1700)

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United States Catts migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Catts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Catts, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Catts, aged 23, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Susanna Catts, who arrived in Virginia in 1662
Catts Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Michael Catts, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Cathrine Catts, who settled in New Jersey in 1786

Australia Catts migration to Australia +

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

Catts Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William J. Catts, aged 55, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Magdalena" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Catts (post 1700) +

  • Sidney Johnston Catts Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1936, 1940 [3]
  • Sidney Johnston Catts (1863-1936), American Democrat politician, Governor of Florida, 1917-21 [3]
  • John Catts, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Dover, Delaware, 1829-35 [3]
  • George E. Catts, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1908, 1916, 1920, 1928 [3]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Friday 26th August 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Magdalena 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/magdalena1853.shtml
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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