Gath History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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All Irish surnames have underlying meanings that can be traced back to their fullest points when the names first appeared in a Gaelic form. The name Gath originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Graith or Mag Raith; these are both derived from the personal name Craith.
Early Origins of the Gath family
The surname Gath was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Important Dates for the Gath family
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Gath Spelling Variations
The general population of Ireland, like those of Europe and Britain during the Middle Ages, scribes recorded people's names as they saw fit. As a result, surnames often had many spelling variations. For Gath some of these variations included: MacGrath, MacGraw, MacGrauth, Magrath, Magraw and many more.
Early Notables of the Gath family (pre 1700)
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Gath migration to the United States
The 18th and 19th centuries saw many Irish families immigrate to North America in search of land and opportunities. The largest influx of Irish immigrants to the United States and British North America came during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine laid waste to their homeland. Hundreds of thousands left the island in an attempt to escape the starvation and disease it brought. Although the arrival of such a large number of destitute Irish was not welcomed by the established population in the United States and what would become known as Canada at the time, these Irish were an essential element to the rapid development of these growing industrial nations. They filled the demand for the cheap labor needed for the work in factories and in the construction of bridges, roads, canals, and railways. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many immigrants bearing the name of Gath or one of its variants:
Gath Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Ralph Gath, who landed in Maryland in 1665 
Gath Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Hans Gath, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803 
- Henry Gath, aged 27, who landed in Missouri in 1845 
- Marie Kath Gath, who arrived in America in 1853 
- Herm Gath, aged 2, who arrived in New York in 1862 
- Johann Gath, aged 9, who landed in New York in 1862 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Gath (post 1700)
- Arnold C. Gath, American Republican politician, Mayor of Tonawanda, New York, 1952-53 
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html