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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."

Gaddis Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Gaddis Spelling Variations


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Gaddis Spelling Variations



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

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Gaddis Early History


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Gaddis Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Gaddis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gaddis Early Notables (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...

Another 88 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaddis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gaddis In Ireland


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Gaddis In Ireland



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Jane Gaddis, aged 16, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gaddis (post 1700)


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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

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Motto


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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: Capta majora
Motto Translation: Seek greater things.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



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

Other References

  1. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  2. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  7. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
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The Gaddis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gaddis 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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