Gatlin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Gatlin is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the Old French names Caterine and Cateline, which were forms of the personal name Catharine. These names were introduced into England in the 12th century and became very popular, especially in the variant forms Catelin and Cateline. Thus the surname Gatlin is a metronymic type of surname, and is derived from the name of the original bearer's mother.

Early Origins of the Gatlin family

The surname Gatlin was first found in Wiltshire. Some of the first records of the family were found her in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 that included early spelling of the name: Geoffrey Gatelin; and Johanna Gatelyn. [1]

Richard Jordan Gatling (1818-1903) was the American inventor of his eponymous Gatling gun, considered to be the first successful machine gun that first saw service in 1862. Born on the family plantation in Como, Hertford County, North Carolina, he was a successful inventor by the age of 21 inventing the screw propeller for steamboats. His grandfather William James Gatling (1760-1822), was from Virginia.

Early History of the Gatlin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gatlin research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1574, 1559, 1574, 1547, 1520, 1556, 1545, 1583, 1662, 1625, 1640, 1644, 1634, 1702, 1679, 1685, 1689 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Gatlin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gatlin Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Gatlin has undergone many spelling variations, including Catlin, Catling, Catlyn, Catlyne, Catlyng and others.

Early Notables of the Gatlin family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Robert Catlin (died 1574), English jurist, Chief Justice of the Queen's Bench (1559-1574). He was born at Beby in Leicestershire, though his ancestry is said to have belonged to Northamptonshire. He was a member of the Middle Temple, and was appointed reader to that society in 1547. [2] Richard Catlyn (by 1520-1556), of Norwich and Honingham, Norfolk and Serjeants' Inn...
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United States Gatlin migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Gatlin were among those contributors:

Gatlin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Gatlin, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [3]
Gatlin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Gatlin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [3]
  • Jose Gatlin, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1869 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gatlin (post 1700) +

  • Richard Caswell Gatlin (1809-1896), Confederate general during the American Civil War
  • Alfred Moore Gatlin (1790-1841), American Congressional Representative from North Carolina
  • Larry Wayne Gatlin (b. 1948), American country music singer best-known as the lead in Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers
  • Justin Gatlin (b. 1982), American sprinter and Olympic gold medalist
  • Marion Gatlin, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 11th District, 1946 [4]
  • Lynette Maddocks Gatlin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2000 [4]
  • John G. Gatlin, American politician, Postmaster at Darlington Court House, South Carolina, 1890-93; Darlington, South Carolina, 1893-94 [4]
  • Fred Gatlin, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Kansas, 1972 [4]
  • E. D. Gatlin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1924, 1928, 1940 [4]
  • C. E. Gatlin, American politician, Mayor of Abilene, Texas, 1954-55 [4]
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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