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The Scottish name Gaddis is thought to be a habitational name, taken on from a place name in the county of Nairn. The place name Geddes is thought to have come from a Gaelic term for a mountain ridge. It has also been suggested that the surname was a patronymic created from the personal name Geddie, of uncertain origin, but which may come from a Scots dialect word "gedd," meaning "pike."

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The surname Gaddis was first found in Nairnshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Narann) in northern Scotland, today part of the Council Area of Highland where they held the lands of Geddes, formerly held by the Rose family.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Geddes, Geddas, Geddis, Gedes, Geddeis, Geddy and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaddis research. Another 427 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1406, 1470, 1558, 1590, 1597, 1394, 1600, 1660, 1650, 1713, 1739, 1799, 1737, 1802 and are included under the topic Early Gaddis History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 261 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaddis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Gaddis 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:

Gaddis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Henry Gaddis, who arrived in Virginia in 1721

Gaddis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Adam Gaddis, who arrived in Alexandria, Va in 1820
  • William Gaddis, who arrived in New York in 1829
  • John Gaddis, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875

Gaddis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Mary Gaddis, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo
  • Jane Gaddis, aged 16, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo

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  • Christian Gaddis (b. 1984), American football center
  • Robert C. "Bob" Gaddis (b. 1952), retired professional American football wide receiver
  • Colonel Thomas Gaddis (1742-1834), officer in the American Revolutionary War, eponym of Fort Gaddis, Fayette County, Pennsylvania
  • Gerrell Gaddis (b. 1974), known by his stage name Rell, an American R&B singer
  • Raymon "Ray" Gaddis (b. 1990), American soccer player
  • Vincent Hayes Gaddis (1913-1997), American author who coined the phrase "Bermuda Triangle "
  • John Lewis Gaddis (b. 1941), American historian of the Cold War and grand strategy, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 2012
  • William Thomas Gaddis Jr. (1922-1998), American novelist
  • Thomas E. Gaddis (1908-1984), United States author


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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: Capta majora
Motto Translation: Seek greater things.

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