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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."

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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. 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.

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Getty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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  • 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
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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



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  8. 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).
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
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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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