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Today's generation of the Gatens family bears a name that was brought to England by the wave of migration that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Gatens is a name for a watchman. The watchman was responsible for keeping guard over the gates of a castle or manor.

Gatens Early Origins



The surname Gatens was first found in Kent where they were granted extensive estates in that shire. Some of the first on record for this name include: Hemfrid de Gatton (born: 1094, died: unknown), Hamo de Gatton (1125-1165), Robert de Gatton (1147-1190) and Hamo de Gatton (1170-1216). Hamon de Gatton was granted lands in Throwly in Kent about the 12th century.

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Gatens Spelling Variations


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Gatens Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Gatens has been recorded under many different variations, including Gatton, Gatens, Gattan, Gattyn, Gattynd and others.

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Gatens Early History


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Gatens Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gatens research. Another 273 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gatens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gatens Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gatens Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Gatenss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Gatens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Gatens, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1840

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