Gatrell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Gatrell name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in or near the settlement of Catterall, which is located between Preston and Garstang in the county of Lancashire. Some experts also suggest that the surname Gatrell may be derived from a pet form of the name Caterin; this is a form of the personal name Catharine which became popular following its importation in the 12th century.

Early Origins of the Gatrell family

The surname Gatrell was first found in Lancashire 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.

Early History of the Gatrell family

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Gatrell Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gatrell were recorded, including Catterall, Caterell, Catterale, Catterell, Caterale, Cathrell, Catheral and many more.

Early Notables of the Gatrell family (pre 1700)

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United States Gatrell migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Gatrell family emigrate to North America:

Gatrell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas J. Gatrell, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1896 aboard the ship "Saint Paul" from Southampton, England [1]
  • T. I. Gatrell, aged 36, originally from Southampton, who arrived in New York in 1897 aboard the ship "Saint Louis" from Southampton, England [2]
  • Mary Ann Gatrell, aged 44, originally from Wokingham, who arrived in New York in 1898 aboard the ship "Teutonic" from Liverpool, England [3]
Gatrell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George Gatrell, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1920 from Southampton, England [4]

New Zealand Gatrell migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gatrell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Gatrell, aged 23, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Gatrell (post 1700) +

  • Homer A. Gatrell, American politician, Mayor of Grafton, West Virginia, 1953 [5]


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXQS-PZN : 6 December 2014), Thomas J. Gatrell, 04 Feb 1896; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Saint Paul, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXWW-9ZJ : 6 December 2014), T. I. Gatrell, 23 Jan 1897; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Saint Louis, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXHL-H3K : 6 December 2014), Mary Ann Gatrell, 17 Oct 1898; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Teutonic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HB-TZW : 6 December 2014), George Gatrell, 10 Apr 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name , NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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