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Katen Coat of Arms / Katen Family Crest

Katen Coat of Arms / Katen Family Crest

The surname of KATEN was a locational name, local 'of Catton' a chapelry in the parish of Croxhall, county Derby, also a parish in county Norfolk, two miles from Norwich. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land. The name was derived from the Old English word KATON. Early records of the name mention CATUN (without surname) who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1096. Robert de Catton, of county Norfolk in 1273. John de Caton, of Lancaster, was documented in that county in 1327. Willelmus de Catone was recorded in Lancashire in 1332. Johannes de Catton of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Thomas Stevens and Agnes Catton were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1569. William Clark and Elizabeth Catton were married at St.Georges, Hanover Square, London in 1773. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during and in the wake of the Invasion of 1066, are nearly all territorial in origin. The followers of William the Conqueror were a pretty mixed lot, and while some of them brought the names of their castles and villages in Normandy with them, many were adventurers of different nationalities attached to William's standard by the hope of plunder, and possessing no family or territorial names of their own. Those of them who acquired lands in England were called by their manors, while others took the name of the offices they held or the military titles given to them, and sometimes, a younger son of a Norman landowner, on receiving a grant of land in his new home dropped his paternal name and adopted that of his newly acquired property.

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