Gatzke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Gatzke is derived from the Italian word "gatto," meaning "a cat." It was no doubt taken on as a surname after having been a nickname for someone who was in some way cat-like.

Early Origins of the Gatzke family

The surname Gatzke was first found in Sicily (Italian: Sicilia), the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.

Early History of the Gatzke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gatzke research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1589, 1400, 1171, 1771, 1909, 1905, 1902 and 1909 are included under the topic Early Gatzke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gatzke Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gati, Gatti, Gatto, Gatta, La Gatto, Gattelli, Gattini, Gattoli, Gattolin, Gattulli, Gattullo, Gattai, Gattei, Gatteschi, Gatiglia, Gattuso, Del Gatto, Gattico, Gattinara, Gattic, Gattola and many more.

Early Notables of the Gatzke family (pre 1700)

Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Giuseppe Gatti di Sesto Calende of Lombardy, who was raised to the nobility in 1771. Also of note were...
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Gatzke migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gatzke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mich Gatzke, who arrived in America in 1877 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gatzke (post 1700)

  • James E. Gatzke, American politician, Mayor of New Berlin, Wisconsin, 2000 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from
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