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About the study
The name KATH is common in Germany (and USA with emigration), but I am not researching it.
The Scottish name CATHIE is not related, as far as I know.
There are a few Irish McCATHs, but again, I do not think they are related.
History of the name
son of Conrad Theodorus Anthon Cathe.
One of the early NY family married a SEAMAN bride, one of the original 'Mayflower' settlers, which has been extensively researched in USA.
The Dutch family has also been researched by one of its members and a small book writtien about it. They have kindly shared this with me. The Dutch record offices have also been most useful in building this tree.
Both the NY and Dutch families still have some CATHs alive today.
Distribution of the name
The NY family has spread out a little from their NY state beginnings to other parts of the USA.
The Dutch family have also spread from their north Holland origins to many parts of Holland as well as abroad, including to New Zealand.
I have full UK census and BMD information, as well as what I have been able to find prior to this in parish registers. I have some wills, a few personal papers, two portraits and some old photos.
There are also a number of UK CATH(E) documents found by FONS for me, some of which do not connect to the family as I have it now.
I have also checked USA sources - censuses, the SSDI, and so on. These throw up CATHs with no known connections to the trees I have, often of German origin that could have been KATH that was changed to CATH on arrival in USA.