Geddes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Scottish name Geddes is thought to be a habitational name, taken on from a place name in the county of Nairn. The place name Geddes is thought to have come from a Gaelic term for a mountain ridge. It has also been suggested that the surname was a patronymic created from the personal name Geddie, of uncertain origin, but which may come from a Scots dialect word "gedd," meaning "pike."

Early Origins of the Geddes family

The surname Geddes was first found in Nairnshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Narann) in northern Scotland, today part of the Council Area of Highland where they held the lands of Geddes, formerly held by the Rose family. Further south the Gedding variant were first found in the parish of Gedding in Suffolk. "This place, which comprises about 580 acres, was the property of Sir John Gedding, who resided in the manorhouse of Gedding Hall, and died about the 21st of the reign of Edward I." [1]

Important Dates for the Geddes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geddes research. Another 214 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1406, 1470, 1558, 1590, 1597, 1394, 1600, 1660, 1650, 1713, 1739, 1799, 1737, 1802 and are included under the topic Early Geddes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Geddes Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Geddes, Geddas, Geddis, Gedes, Geddeis, Geddy and many more.

Early Notables of the Geddes family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Geddes of Peebleshire. John Gedy was the Abbot of Arbroath in 1394, and is said to have been influential in creating the harbor there. According to Edinburgh tradition, Jenny Geddes (c.1600-c. 1660), a Scottish market-trader is said to have thrown a stool at the head of the minister in St Giles' Cathedral in objection to the first use of the Anglican Book...
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Migration of the Geddes family to Ireland

Some of the Geddes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Geddes migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Geddes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Geddes, who landed in Cape Fear, North Carolina in 1772 [2]
  • John Geddes, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1789
Geddes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Geddes, who landed in America in 1804 [2]
  • Maria J Geddes, aged 45, who landed in Massachusetts in 1812 [2]
  • Donald Geddes, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1817 [2]
  • Donald Geddes, who settled in New York in 1817
  • John Geddes, who settled in South Carolina in 1822
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Geddes migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Geddes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Geddes, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1843 [3]
  • George Geddes, from Scotland, settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1871 [3]

Geddes migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Geddes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • May Geddes, who arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [4]

Geddes migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Geddes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Geddes, aged 33, a baker, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Geddes, aged 24, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Geddes, aged 1, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Mr. James Geddes, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1859 [5]
  • Mrs. Geddes, Scottish settler with 4 sons and 2 daughters travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1859 [5]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Geddes (post 1700)

  • Barbara Bel Geddes (1922-2005), American Oscar-nominated actress
  • John Geddes (1777-1828), American soldier and politician, Militia Major General, and Governor of South Carolina (1818-1820)
  • Norman Geddes, American politician, Mayor of Adrian, Michigan, 1869-70 [6]
  • John Geddes (1801-1889), American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Washtenaw County, 1841 [6]
  • James Geddes, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Sonsonate, 1884 [6]
  • James Geddes, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 1st District, 1883-84 [6]
  • James Geddes (1763-1838), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County, 1803-04, 1821-22; Common Pleas Court Judge in New York, 1809 [6]
  • George Washington Geddes (1824-1892), American Democrat politician, Common Pleas Court Judge in Ohio 5th District, 1856-73; Candidate for justice of Ohio State Supreme Court, 1872; U.S. Representative from Ohio, 1879-87 [6]
  • George Geddes, American politician, Member of New York State Senate 22nd District, 1848-51 [6]
  • Charles R. Geddes, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Union County, 1936, 1946-47 [6]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Geddes family

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Lawrence Geddes, British Engine Room Artificer 5th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [7]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Richard Charles Geddes (d. 1912), aged 31, English Bedroom Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  8. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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