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Where did the German Dieter family come from? What is the German Dieter family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dieter family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dieter family history?

This Surname was created from the Upper German personal name Dietrich, which is in turn derived from the elements "Diet," meaning "nation or people," and "her," meaning "army."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Dieter, Deiter, Dieters, Deiters, Dietherr, Deeter, Deter, Deters, Teter, Teters, Dieterlen, Dietherle, Dietert and many more.

First found in Pomerania, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. The five sons Peter Deterde (also spelt Dithers) were granted the feudal property of Grapow by the Duke Bolislav in 1514.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dieter research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1412, 1450, and 1463 are included under the topic Early Dieter History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 22 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dieter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dieter Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Georg Dieter arrived in Philadelphia in 1729
  • Georg Dieter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Johannes Dieter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • John Dieter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Hendrick Dieter, who landed in New York in 1744

Dieter Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann Adam Dieter, who landed in Brazil in 1846
  • David Dieter, who arrived in Brazil in 1846
  • J Adam Dieter, aged 42, landed in Brazil in 1846
  • Franz Dieter who arrived in Texas in 1854
  • Christian Dieter, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856


  • Paul Dieter (b. 1959), American sound engineer and record producer
  • Kindlmann Dieter (b. 1982), professional German tennis player
  • Dierks Dieter (b. 1943), German record producer
  • Henrich Dieter (b. 1927), German philosopher
  • Hanns Dieter (1925-2005), German author, cabaret artist, actor and songwriter
  • Walter Perry Dieter (1916-1988), Canadian First Nations leader


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  1. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  4. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  5. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  6. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  9. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  11. ...

The Dieter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dieter Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 21 August 2013 at 11:46.

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