Gattrell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Gattrell belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having 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 Gattrell 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 Gattrell family

The surname Gattrell 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.

Important Dates for the Gattrell family

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Gattrell Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Gattrell include Catterall, Caterell, Catterale, Catterell, Caterale, Cathrell, Catheral and many more.

Early Notables of the Gattrell family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gattrell family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Gattrell were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Gattrell (post 1700)

    Historic Events for the Gattrell family

    Empress of Ireland
    • Mr. Ernest Maurice Gattrell (1875-1914), American Third Class Passenger from New York United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [1]
    • Mrs. Adela Gattrell (1875-1914), née Jasper American Third Class Passenger from New York United States who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [1]
    HMS Royal Oak
    • Frederick M. Gattrell, British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [2]

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    2. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from
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