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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."

Geddes Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Geddes Spelling Variations


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Geddes Spelling Variations



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

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Geddes Early History


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Geddes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geddes research. Another 427 words (30 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.

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Geddes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Geddes Early Notables (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...

Another 88 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Geddes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Geddes In Ireland


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Geddes In Ireland



Some of the Geddes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • 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
  • Maria J Geddes, aged 45, landed in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Donald Geddes, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1817
  • Donald Geddes settled in New York in 1817
  • John Geddes settled in South Carolina in 1822
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Geddes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Geddes settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1843 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • George Geddes, from Scotland, settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1871 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Geddes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • May Geddes arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm

Geddes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Geddes, aged 33, a baker, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Geddes, aged 24, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Geddes, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • William Geddes, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • William Geddes, aged 19, a stone miller, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Geddes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Geddes (post 1700)



  • Thomas Geddes, American politician, Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention from Hancock County, 1847
  • Samuel R. Geddes, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1952
  • Robert Geddes, American politician, Supervisor of Ann Arbor Township, Michigan, 1829-31
  • Robert Geddes (b. 1956), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 2004
  • Paul E. Geddes, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Oregon 4th District, 1958; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1960
  • Norman Geddes, American politician, Mayor of Adrian, Michigan, 1869-70
  • John Geddes (1801-1889), American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Washtenaw County, 1841
  • James Geddes, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Sonsonate, 1884
  • James Geddes, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 1st District, 1883-84
  • 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
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Geddes Historic Events


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Geddes Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Lawrence Geddes, British Engine Room Artificer 5th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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

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Motto


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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: Capta majora
Motto Translation: Seek greater things.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm

Other References

  1. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  10. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
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The Geddes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Geddes Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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