The ancestors of the Gatonsbay family migrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The surname Gatonsbay is for a watchman.
The watchman was responsible for keeping guard over the gates of a castle or manor.
Early Origins of the Gatonsbay family
The surname Gatonsbay was first found in the North Riding of Yorkshire
at Gatenby. One of the first records of the family was Stephen de Gaitenbi (c.
1190-1212) who was listed in Early Yorkshire
In 1327, the Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire listed Thomas de Gaytenby and later Peter de Gaytenby was listed in the Calendar of Inquisitiones post mortem of Yorkshire (1405-1406.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Gatonsbay family
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Gatonsbay Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Gatonsbay family name include Gattonsby, Gatensby, Gatonby, Gattenby, Gatenby and many more.
Early Notables of the Gatonsbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gatonsbay family to Ireland
Some of the Gatonsbay family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Gatonsbay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Gatonsbay family to immigrate North America: George Gaton settled in Virginia in 1638; Thomas Gatens arrived in Philadelphia in 1840; Patrick Gatans arrived in Philadelphia in 1858; William Gattens settled in Maryland in 1774..