The ancestors of the name Catword date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Catword family lived in London, where their name is derived from the place-name Chatworth, now lost. Before this, the name is derived from the Old English personal name
Ceatta, with the suffix -worth, which means enclosure or farm. Combined, the name Chatworth meant "Ceatta's farm."
Early Origins of the Catword family
The surname Catword was first found in London where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Catword family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Catword research.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1349, 1401, 1430, 1507, 1458, 1st , 1568, 1639, 1621, 1622, 1605, 1644, 1635 and 1693 are included under the topic Early Catword History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Catword Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Catword are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Catword include: Chadworth, Chatworth, Chaworth, Shadworth and others.
Early Notables of the Catword family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Joan Chaworth (1430-1507), the heiress of Alfreton, married in 1458 to John Ormond; George Chaworth, 1st Viscount Chaworth of Armagh (c.1568-1639)... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Catword Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Catword family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Catword or a variant listed above: Thomas Chadworth who settled in Virginia in 1643; John Shadworth settled in New England