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Among the earliest people to bear the Deatherage name were the Deatherage family, who lived in the town of Ath in Belgium. There it would have been rendered D'Ath, or De Ath, meaning "from Ath." It was also occasionally an occupational name for a gatherer or seller of kindling. In this case, the name is derived from the Old English word "dethe," which in turn is derived from the Old English word "dyth," which means "fuel" or "tinder." Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.

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The surname Deatherage was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Deathridge, Deatheridge, Deatherage, Deatheredge and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deatherage research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1196 and 1327 are included under the topic Early Deatherage History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Deatherage Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Deatherage family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Deatherage Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Buckner F. Deatherage, aged 49, who emigrated to Kansas City, Missouri in 1909
  • Dorothy Deatherage, aged 17, who emigrated to Kansas City, Missouri in 1909
  • Georgis W. Deatherage, aged 43, who settled in America, in 1912
  • Dorothy Deatherage, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • Margarita Deatherage, aged 55, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912


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  • George E. Deatherage (1893-1965), American political activist and speech writer
  • Milton Deatherage, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1920
  • Scott Deatherage, American Professor at Northwestern University School of Communication (2004)
  • J Hal Deatherage, American Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee
  • Todd Deatherage, American musician and songwriter


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  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Deatherage Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Deatherage 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.

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