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Where did the English Gaton family come from? What is the English Gaton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gaton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gaton family history?

The name Gaton belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the area of Cheshire that was referred to as the hill of Gaega, Gaega being an Anglo-Saxon personal name. Gaton is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Gaton include Gayton, Gaydon, Gaytun, Gaton and others.

First found in Cheshire 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaton research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1200 are included under the topic Early Gaton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gaton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Gaton were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Gaton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Tho Gaton, aged 25, arrived in Barbados in 1634
  • Tito Gaton, aged 25, landed in Barbados in 1634
  • George Gaton settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Georg Gaton, who arrived in Virginia in 1638

Gaton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Martingu Gaton, aged 18, landed in New Orleans, La in 1837

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The Gaton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gaton 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 15 April 2014 at 15:25.

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