Gattensbay is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is a name for a watchman.
The watchman was responsible for keeping guard over the gates of a castle or manor.
Early Origins of the Gattensbay family
The surname Gattensbay 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 Gattensbay family
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Gattensbay Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gattensbay were recorded, including Gattonsby, Gatensby, Gatonby, Gattenby, Gatenby and many more.
Early Notables of the Gattensbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gattensbay family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Gattensbay arrived in North America very early: 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..