Gaddy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Gaddy is an ancient Scottish name that was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for someone who lived in Edinburghshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages. Gaddy is an ancient Scottish name that evolved from the Goldie, which derives from the Old English personal name Gold.

Early Origins of the Gaddy family

The surname Gaddy was first found in Edinburghshire, a former county, now part of the Midlothian council area 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 Gaddy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaddy research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1643, 1567, 1783, 1847, 1576 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Gaddy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gaddy Spelling Variations

Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Gaddy has been spelled Goudie, Gouday, Goudey, Goudy, Gowdy, Gowdie, Gadie, Goodie, Gady and many more.

Early Notables of the Gaddy family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaddy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Gaddy family to Ireland

Some of the Gaddy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Canada Gaddy migration to Canada +

In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

Gaddy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Gaddy, who settled in Canada in 1791

Contemporary Notables of the name Gaddy (post 1700) +

  • Beatrice "Bea" Gaddy (1933-2001), American city council member and advocate for the poor and homeless in Baltimore, inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame in 2006
  • Clifford G. Gaddy, American economist specializing in Russian studies
  • Charlie Gaddy (b. 1931), American television anchorman
  • John Wilson Gaddy (1914-1966), American former Major League Baseball player, nicknamed "Sheriff", he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1938 season
  • Bob Gaddy (1924-1997), American blues and rhythm and blues pianist, singer and songwriter
  • Joseph Gaddy DeBerry (1896-1944), American Major League Baseball pitcher

The Gaddy 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: Honestas
Motto Translation: Honesty. on Facebook
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