The surname Cawte dates from the late Middle Ages and is French in origin, from the Old French 'curt'. The name describes either a person who was resident by a court (a manor house rather a royal palace), or a small person. Many variants are found including Cawt, Caught, Caughte and Court. The Cawte family enters this history when Florence Beatrice Cawte married George Monger in 1898. Whilst George had been born and raised in the countryside, Florence’s family had been established in London for at least a hundred years; the Cawte surname appears amongst those of London residence as early as the 1620s.