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Cattan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Cattan name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Cattan was originally derived from a family having lived in Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Cattan family

The surname Cattan was first found in Norfolk 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 Cattan family

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Cattan Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Cattan include Caton, Catton, Cattan, Catten, Caten and others.

Early Notables of the Cattan family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cattan family to the New World and Oceana

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Cattan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nehemiah Cattan, who settled in Virginia in 1654 with her husband Sam

The Cattan 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: Cautes metuit fovean lupus
Motto Translation: The cautious wolf fears the snare.

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