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Re: "Catanach" variation
Posted by: Judy McCutcheon Date: November 13, 2001 at 22:37:47
In Reply to: "Catanach" variation by Curtis P. Catanach of 129

Dear Curtis

I am doing a world wide One Name Study on Catanach and all variations.

My husband is descended from a George Catanach of Montrose and back in time to an Alexander Catanach.

When one follows the certificate trail, the name is spelt in a variety of ways. For instance, my husband's great grandfather was born as a Catanach, married as a Cattnach, but managed to die as a Catanach. His gggg grandfather was spelt Catanach, Cattanach and Catnach!

The correct spelling has been lost over time. The pronunciation in Scotland is Catanaaaah (long soft sound - not Catanack, as many pronounce it.

Officialdom has always had difficulty understanding a Scottish brogue, particularly those emigrating from the Highlands and most Cat(t)anachs emanated from the Highlands around Inverness, Perth and Forfar.

Anyway, we are all part of a wonderful family and, as part of that family, if I can assist you in any way, please don't hesitate to ask, I will be only too happy to do so.

Judy McCutcheon


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