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

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Katon come from when the family resided in Yorkshire.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Katon has been recorded under many different variations, including Caton, Catton, Cattan, Catten, Caten and others.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Katon research. Another 189 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1636 and 1665 are included under the topic Early Katon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 21 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Katon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Katon or a variant listed above:

Katon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • James Katon, who landed in Virginia in 1652

Katon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Bryan Katon, aged 25, arrived in Missouri in 1846

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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: Cautes metuit fovean lupus
Motto Translation: The cautious wolf fears the snare.

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

This page was last modified on 21 December 2012 at 15:07.

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