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Recorded as Cathra, Cathrae, Cathraw, Cathrow and possibly others, this is probably a surname of Scottish origins, although there is at least one other possibility. If Scottish it almost certainly originates from a place now called Stracathro, near the town of Forfar. This place in ancient times was called Cottrhali, from pre 7th century Norse Viking. As such it literally translates as 'The cats tail', but geographically refers to a thin piece of land, later known as a strand or strath, hence the modern place name.

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