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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.

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The surname Gatlin was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, 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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gatlin research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1574, 1559, 1574, 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.

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Another 185 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gatlin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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

Gatlin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Gatlin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Jose Gatlin, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1869

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  • 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
  • Lynette Maddocks Gatlin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2000
  • John G. Gatlin, American politician, Postmaster at Darlington Court House, South Carolina, 1890-93; Darlington, South Carolina, 1893-94
  • Fred Gatlin, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Kansas, 1972
  • E. D. Gatlin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1924, 1928, 1940
  • C. E. Gatlin, American politician, Mayor of Abilene, Texas, 1954-55

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The Gatlin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gatlin 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.

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