The name Gattacker is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone who was a a cat. It was given to someone who was cunning, malicious, or nimble. The surname Gattacker also referred to someone who enjoyed good eating. This surname may also be referred in the patronymic
as the son of the one nicknamed gata.
Early Origins of the Gattacker family
The surname Gattacker was first found in Shropshire
which was "a family of great antiquity, and which is said to have been established at Gatacre by a grant from Edward the Confessor." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
The Gatacre local
cannot be found today but the History of Parliament notes about William Gatacre (by 1499-1577): "Although not a leading family in Shropshire
, the Gatacres were influential at Bridgnorth, five miles from their home."
Early History of the Gattacker family
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Gattacker Spelling Variations
Gattacker has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Gattacker have been found, including Gatacre, Gataker and others.
Early Notables of the Gattacker family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gattacker family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Gattackers to arrive on North American shores: John Gatacre who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1832.