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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 the place called Geddes in the English county of Yorkshire. The surname Gedd belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Gedd family

The surname Gedd was first found in Fife shire 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.

Early History of the Gedd family

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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)

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Migration of the Gedd family to the New World and Oceana

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 emigrated 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.

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