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Where did the English Gatens family come from? What is the English Gatens family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gatens family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gatens family history?

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.


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, Gattonsby, Gatensby, Gatonby, Gattenby, Gatenby and many more.

First found in Kent where they were granted extensive estates in that shire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gatens research. Another 317 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1094, 1125, 1165, 1147, 1190, 1170 and 1216 are included under the topic Early Gatens History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Gatens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 arrived in Philadelphia in 1840


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The Gatens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gatens 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 20 August 2015 at 16:12.

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