Following is a response I posted on Scottish page of GenForum:
Name: David W. Gaddy E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Scotland geneology Added on Date: 2/15/02 Message Number: 30392
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Yes, I've tried to at least be aware of such prospects. The problem is "and variants"--how far does one go in pursuing spelling variations and alternatives, similar-looking, surnames (Gad/Gadd, Gade, Gatty, e/a/i vowels, etc.) only to decide that there is a point of no return? (Another alley: Burke gives a spelling, Gaddez, in re the coat of arms for Gaddy--seat, London. The lines I am interested in seem to have used the spelling Gaddey until early 19thC. With stress on the -ey, gaddez, with French pronunication, and gaddey would have sounded the same. Does this suggest Norman origins? A Washington DC obit for a Gaddy some years back yielded an Italian family, originally Gatty--cf. Gatti.) The similar-looking name, Geddy in Williamsburg context, has often been confused with "our" Gadd(e)y line, but the Blisland Parish (New Kent) vestry book distinguishes two (different?) men on the same page--a Gaddy and a Geddy. Same? Turns out that Geddy was Lowland Scot, who arrived in VA after Gadd(e)y. What about Caddy--or misreading in transcribing from old hand? I am aware of a Canadian family of Gaddys who claim Ortney Isl. as origin. But if one sticks to what we have over past 300 yrs--Gadd(e)y, Gaddie (accepted variant spelling)--I feel we must insist on solid evidence before accepting anything else. Standard refs I've consulted fail to include Gadd(e)y as Scot, Irish, Welsh...anything but English. If there does turn out to be a different "tree," so be it. We wouldn't be the first. But, aside from a few sprigs and branches, I think we have a coherent picture of the family we're tracing from SE VA/NE NC c1719 on down, most with English Christian names. Maybe we'll yet gather on Grandfather Mountain for the Scottish games!