The name Gatacker is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Gatacker was a name used for a a cat. It was given to someone who was cunning, malicious, or nimble. The surname Gatacker also referred to someone who enjoyed good eating. This surname may also be referred in the patronymic
as the son of the one nicknamed gata.
Early Origins of the Gatacker family
The surname Gatacker was first found in Shropshire
which was "a family of great antiquity, and which is said to have been established at Gatacre by a grant from Edward the Confessor." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
The Gatacre local
cannot be found today but the History of Parliament notes about William Gatacre (by 1499-1577): "Although not a leading family in Shropshire
, the Gatacres were influential at Bridgnorth, five miles from their home."
Early History of the Gatacker family
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Gatacker Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Gatacker include Gatacre, Gataker and others.
Early Notables of the Gatacker family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gatacker family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Gatacker were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Gatacre who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1832.