Geddis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Scottish name Geddis 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 Geddis family

The surname Geddis 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 Geddis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geddis 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 Geddis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Geddis Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Geddis 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 Geddis family to Ireland

Some of the Geddis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 111 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Geddis migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Geddis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Geddis, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1832 [2]
  • S Geddis, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Geddis migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Geddis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ann Geddis, aged 6, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland

Contemporary Notables of the name Geddis (post 1700)

  • M. Victoria Geddis, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County 17th District, 1960 [3]
  • George Geddis, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 1870-74 [3]

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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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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