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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.

Gath Early Origins



The surname Gath was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Gath Spelling Variations


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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.

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Gath Early History


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Gath Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gath research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1600, and 1650 are included under the topic Early Gath History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gath Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gath Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gath Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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, landed in Missouri in 1845
  • Marie Kath Gath, who arrived in America in 1853
  • Herm Gath, aged 2, arrived in New York in 1862
  • Johann Gath, aged 9, landed in New York in 1862
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gath (post 1700)


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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

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Gath Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    11. ...

    The Gath Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gath 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 3 November 2015 at 11:37.

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