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Type Surname (from location)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. gætənbiː  [key]
Other Forms FormsGatensby, Gatonby, Gattenby, Gattonsby

Meaning & History

Derives from the place of Gatenby in North Yorkshire, which comes from an Old Norse personal name "Gaithen", likely from Old Norse geitin "goats" (later influenced by Old English gāt "goat") and the suffix býr "farm, settlement", referring to a settlement with goats. Notable bearers of this surname include British-Australian astronomer John Gatenby Bolton; New Zealand zoologist James Brontë Gatenby and his son Irish doctor Peter Gatenby.
Added 12/24/2023 by Linguist56