Gedd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Scotland, the ancestors of the Gedd family were part of a tribe called the Picts. The name Gedd is derived from "an old family of this name, Ged of Beldridge near Dunfermline, Fife." [1]

Another source notes that the name literally means "a pike fish. The family bear three pike fishes in their arms." [2]

Early Origins of the Gedd family

The surname Gedd was first found in Fifeshire. One of the first record was Ged (no first name) who was juror on an inquest at Peebles in 1304. From this early entry, the name was silent for over 200 years as the next listing was James Ged who was Presbyter of St. Andrews diocese in 1536. A few years later, Jhone Ged, was Dean of Edinburgh and was witness to a track of the lands of Bowhous near Stirling in 1552. [1]

Early History of the Gedd family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gedd research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1562, 1563, 1591, 1608, 1643, 1643, 1690, 1749, 1690, 1749, 1748 and 1767 are included under the topic Early Gedd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gedd Spelling Variations

The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Gedd has been spelled Ged, Gedd and others.

Early Notables of the Gedd family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was William Ged (1690-1749), Scottish inventor of stereotyping, born in Edinburgh in 1690 where he was subsequently a goldsmith and jeweller. "Ged died in poverty 19 Oct. 1749, after his goods had been shipped at Leith for removal to London, where Ged desired to join his son James. James Ged...
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United States Gedd migration to the United States +

The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Gedd:

Gedd Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Emil Gedd, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Matolu Gedd, aged 48, who settled in America, in 1911
  • John Gedd, who immigrated to the United States from Bootle, in 1919


The Gedd Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Durat
Motto Translation: It endures.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Sims, Clifford Stanley The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames. 1862. Print.


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