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The Scottish name Getty 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."
The surname Getty 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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Geddes, Geddas, Geddis, Gedes, Geddeis, Geddy and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Getty 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 Getty History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 261 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Getty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Getty 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
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Getty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Abigail Getty, aged 45, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
- Abigail Getty arrived in New York State in 1804 with her husband James, and sons John and Robert
- John Getty, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
- Alexander Getty, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
- Andrew Getty, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
- Paul Michael Getty, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 1st District, 1976
- Joseph M. Getty, American Republican politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates District 5, 1995-2002
- Charles A. Getty, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 12th District, 1980
- Estelle Getty (1923-2008), American actor, winner of Emmy and Golden Globe Awards
- John Paul Getty (1892-1976), American businessman, one time richest man in the world, founder of Getty Oil
- George Washington Getty (1819-1901), American division commander in the Army of the Potomac
- George Franklin Getty (1855-1930), American lawyer and father of industrialist J. Paul Getty
- Balthazar Getty (b. 1975), American actor, son of John Paul Getty III
- Donald Ross "Don" Getty OC, AOE (1933-2016), Canadian CFL quarterback with the Edmonton Eskimos and politician, 11th Premier of Alberta between 1985 and 1992
- Edmund Getty (1799-1857), Irish antiquarian and naturalist
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 majoraMotto Translation:
Seek greater things.
- Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
- Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
- Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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- Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
- Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
- Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
The Getty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Getty 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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