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GATRELL Family History

This interesting surname with variant spellings Gatheral, Gatherall, Gaterell, Gatterel, Gatrall, and Gatrell, has two possible origins. Firstly, it may be taken literally as a medieval nickname from one who "gathers-all", and would have been used for a collector of items. It may also be of English locational origin, from a voiced form of Catterall in Lancashire. The placename is recorded as "Catrehala" in the Domesday Book of 1086 and derives from the Old Scandinavian "kattar-hali" meaning "cat's tail", here used of a farm on account of the lengthened shape of its land.

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