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The name Gaither is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a caterer. The surname Gaither was an official name, "the cater," derived from the Old French ale catour, a title meaning a buyer of groceries for the gentleman's house. They were in charge of maintaining provisions in manors and castles. The cater's job assumed a great importance during extended sieges of his lord's castle, which could last for years.

Gaither Early Origins



The surname Gaither was first found in Berkshire, 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. William le Catur who was documented in the year 1273 in Essex and a few years later, Bernard le Acatour was listed in 1300 in Somerset. William Katerer was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379.

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Gaither Spelling Variations


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Gaither Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Gaither are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Gaither include Cater, Cator, Cather, Catter, Cader and others.

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Gaither Early History


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Gaither Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaither research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1150 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Gaither History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gaither Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gaither Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaither Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Gaither or a variant listed above:

Gaither Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Gaither, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Gaither Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Nina Gaither, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • George R. Gaither, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Margaret H. Gaither, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Mary E. Gaither, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Edward G. Gaither, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gaither (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gaither (post 1700)



  • Lieutenant-General Ridgely Gaither (1903-1992), American Commanding General 2nd Army (1960-1962)
  • Nathan Gaither (1788-1862), U.S. Representative from Kentucky
  • Horace Rowan Gaither Jr. (1909-1961), American attorney, investment banker, administrator at the Ford Foundation
  • Daniele Gaither (b. 1970), American comic actress, best known for her roles on MADtv
  • William "Bill" J. Gaither (b. 1936), American singer and songwriter of southern gospel music
  • Charles D. Gaither, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Baltimore city 2nd District, 1888
  • Burgess Sidney Gaither (1807-1892), American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate, 1844; Candidate for U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1851, 1853
  • Burgess Gaither (1757-1819), American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Iredell County, 1792, 1796-1801
  • Asa B. F. Gaither, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Iredell County, 1856-61
  • Ann H. Gaither, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2000
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    11. ...

    The Gaither Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gaither 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 13 November 2015 at 09:15.

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