Gaddis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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."

Early Origins of the Gaddis family

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. Further south the Gedding variant were first found in the parish of Gedding in Suffolk. "This place, which comprises about 580 acres, was the property of Sir John Gedding, who resided in the manorhouse of Gedding Hall, and died about the 21st of the reign of Edward I." [1]

Important Dates for the Gaddis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaddis research. Another 214 words (15 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Gaddis Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Gaddis family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Geddes of Peebleshire. John Gedy was the Abbot of Arbroath in 1394, and is said to have been influential in creating the harbor there. According to Edinburgh tradition, Jenny Geddes (c.1600-c. 1660), a Scottish market-trader is said to have thrown a stool at the head of the minister in St Giles' Cathedral in objection to the first use of the Anglican Book...
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Migration of the Gaddis family to Ireland

Some of the Gaddis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 111 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gaddis migration to the United States

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 [2]
Gaddis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adam Gaddis, who arrived in Alexandria, Va in 1820 [2]
  • William Gaddis, who arrived in New York in 1829 [2]
  • John Gaddis, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875 [2]

Gaddis migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gaddis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Gaddis, aged 18, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Jane Gaddis, aged 16, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland

Contemporary Notables of the name Gaddis (post 1700)

  • 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
  • John Gaddis Tipton (1849-1914), American-born, Canadian politician, lawyer, and coal miner, Alderman on the Edmonton City Council (1912-1913)

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
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