The Postgate surname is a habitational (local) name taken on from a place name in North Yorkshire
. The place name is derived from the Middle English words "post" meaning a post or pole, and "gate," meaning a road.
Early Origins of the Postgate family
The surname Postgate was first found in the North Riding of Yorkshire
at Postgate. One of the first records of the name was Thomas Postgate who was listed in Whitby (near Postgate) in 1349. Richard Poskett was listed in the area in 1514 and later William Postgate and Thomas Poskitt were both listed in the Yorkshire
Wills of 1648. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Nicholas Postgate (c.1596-1679), the English Catholic martyr was born at Kirkdale House in the parish of Egton, near Whitby.
Early History of the Postgate family
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Postgate Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Postgate, Posthall, Posgate, Postkitt, Poskett, Posskiss, Postkiss and many more.
Early Notables of the Postgate family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Postgate family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
Contemporary Notables of the name Postgate (post 1700)
- Richard Oliver Postgate (1925-2008), English animator, puppeteer and writer
- John Postgate (1820-1881), English surgeon and academic, a campaigner against food adulteration
- John Percival Postgate (1853-1926), English Professor of Latin at the University of Liverpool from 1909 to 1920
- Raymond William Postgate (1896-1971), English socialist journalist and editor
- Nicholas "John" Postgate FBA (b. 1945), British academic and Assyriologist, Professor of Assyriology at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge
- Oliver Postgate (b. 1925), British animator, puppeteer and writer