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Early Origins of the Gatliff family

The surname Gatliff was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held a family seat in that shire.

Early History of the Gatliff family

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Gatliff Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Gatliff has been recorded under many different variations, including Gatcliff, Gatcliffe, Getcliffe, Getliff, Catliffe, Catcliffe, Catliff, Cetliff, Gatclif, Getclif and many more.

Early Notables of the Gatliff family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gatliff family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gatliff or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Gatliff (post 1700) +

  • Edward Moss Gatliff (b. 1887), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Kentucky Democratic State Central Committee, 1916-24 [1]
  • A. Gatliff, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1904, 1912 [1]
  • James Gatliff (1766-1831), English clergyman, son of James Gatliff of Manchester [2]
  • Frank Gatliff (1927-1990), Australian-born, English actor from Melbourne, Victoria, known form his work in The Ipcress File (1965), Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Nemesis (1987) and The Onedin Line (1971)
  • Brigadier Vivian Harold Gatliff (1889-1963), Commander Royal Artillery 4th Australian Infantry Division from 1933 to 1942 [3]

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  2. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  3. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, August 30) Vivian Gatliff. Retrieved from on Facebook