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Where did the English Getchell family come from? What is the English Getchell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Getchell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Getchell family history?

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Getchell are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Getchell include: Gatcliff, Gatcliffe, Getcliffe, Getliff, Catliffe, Catcliffe, Catliff, Cetliff, Gatclif, Getclif and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held a family seat in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Getchell research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1457, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Getchell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Getchell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Getchell or a variant listed above:

Getchell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Getchell, aged 19, arrived in Virginia in 1684

Getchell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Everett T. Getchell, aged 69, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Everett Getchell, aged 73, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Frank H. Getchell, aged 65, who landed in America, in 1912
  • George Getchell, aged 50, who emigrated to America, in 1918
  • Guy A. Getchell, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1919


Getchell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Jones Getchell U.E. who settled in Schoodic Falls, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the 74th Regiment
  • Mr. Samuel Getchell U.E. who settled in Schoodic Falls, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784

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  • William Henry Getchell (1829-1910), American photographer in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mike Getchell, retired American soccer midfielder
  • Robert Getchell (b. 1936), American two-time Academy Award nominated, BAFTA Award winning screenwriter, best known for writing Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
  • W. W. Getchell, American politician, Member of Alaska territorial House of Representatives 2nd District, 1915-16
  • Noble H. Getchell, American Republican politician, Nevada Republican State Chair, 1931; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 1932, 1940; Member of Republican National Committee from Nevada, 1940
  • George Washington Getchell (1815-1876), American politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives, 1876
  • E. P. Getchell, American politician, Representative from Ohio 14th District, 1902
  • C. W. Getchell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1924


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The Getchell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Getchell 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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