Last name: Caton

This interesting name of Medieval English origin is locational from places so called in Derbyshire and Lancashire. The derivation of the former is the Old English personal name "Cade", a survival from a Germanic root meaning swelling, which may have been applied to a large person, and is recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of that county in 1330 as "Cadetone", with the second element "tun", a settlement, thus Cada's town. However the place in Lancashire, first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Catun", and in the Pipe Rolls of 1186 as "Catlon", derives its first element from the Old Norse byname "Kati", meaning boy. The following example illustrates the name development after the earliest recording of the name (see below), Peter "Catoun", (1327 Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk). Amongst the early recordings in Lancashire is Agnes Caton who married John Bensonn on January 26th 1559. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Caton, which was dated 1279, in the "Hundred Rolls of Cambridgeshire", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Crystal Caton Berg
So neat to learn about where you came from!!

tyron caton
This is so good to know there a lot of us catons out there im a mix male that lives in kansas. My name is tyron j. caton im am 30 yrs. Old

Will C
This is a very in accurate discussion about the surname Caton. It has much older Scottish roots in Caden, Cadden and even McCadden. Cadden for example can be seen in the immigration all change to Catton in the US. In addition to the Breton commune of Caden. The earliest appearance is Roman in connection to Cato. It thus has many possible sources.

William Caton

It's not correct to say cat is Scandinavian for boy. "Boy"is "gutt" actually, whereas "ca" is "katt". Indeed, the motto for the ancient Clan Chattan is "Touch not the cat, but a glove". This seems to support a Scandinavian heritage of the name.

Brandon Caton

This is amazing. Its also amazing how many Caton's their are in the world. No you wonder if we are all related in some way, or just happen to have the same last name...

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