The name Gatrill is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of 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 Gatrill 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 Gatrill family
The surname Gatrill 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 Gatrill family
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Gatrill Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Gatrill has been spelled many different ways, including Catterall, Caterell, Catterale, Catterell, Caterale, Cathrell, Catheral and many more.
Early Notables of the Gatrill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gatrill family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Gatrills to arrive in North America: John Catheral who settled in Virginia in 1774; Chris Catherey settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1878. Edward Cathrell who settled in Virginia in 1656 with his wife Mary. Alice Catterall settled in Virginia in 1698.