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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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaddy research. Another 251 words (18 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.

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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.

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Some of the Gaddy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words (4 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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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gaddy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Gaddy, who came to Canada in 1791
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  • Charlie Gaddy (b. 1931), American television anchorman
  • Clifford G. Gaddy, American economist specializing in Russia
  • 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
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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: Honestas
Motto Translation: Honesty.

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    Other References

    1. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    10. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
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    The Gaddy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gaddy 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.

    This page was last modified on 14 May 2016 at 10:58.

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