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Gathercole History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Gathercole date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in or near the settlement of Catterall, which is located between Preston and Garstang in the county of Lancashire. Some experts also suggest that the surname Gathercole may be derived from a pet form of the name Caterin; this is a form of the personal name Catharine which became popular following its importation in the 12th century.

Early Origins of the Gathercole family

The surname Gathercole was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Gathercole family

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Gathercole Spelling Variations

Gathercole has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Gathercole have been found, including Catterall, Caterell, Catterale, Catterell, Caterale, Cathrell, Catheral and many more.

Early Notables of the Gathercole family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gathercole family to the New World and Oceana

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Gathercoles to arrive on North American shores: John Catheral who settled in Virginia in 1774; Chris Catherey settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1878. Edward Cathrell who settled in Virginia in 1656 with his wife Mary. Alice Catterall settled in Virginia in 1698.

Contemporary Notables of the name Gathercole (post 1700)

  • Simon Gathercole, contemporary British New Testament scholar, editor of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament (2007-)
  • Cory Gathercole (b. 1986), Australian international motorcycle speedway rider
  • Terrence Stephen Gathercole OAM (1935-2001), Australian silver medalist breaststroke Olympian, coach of the Australian team female coach for the 1964 Summer Olympics, inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1985

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