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

In mediaeval German "lud" meant "fame" and "liut" or "Leute" meant "people" or "folk;" while "her," meant "army." Thus "liut-her" meant "person in the army," while "lud-her" would be a "famous soldier."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Luther, Lutter, Luter, Lueder, Lueders, Leuther, Luethi (Switzerland), Leuthiold, Luethold, Lutte and many more.

First found in Saxony, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. In northern Germany the name Lueder was more popular, while in southern Germany the root was Liut-her or Leuther, and in Thuringia "Luther" (Martin Luther's father wrote his name "Luder"). In mediaeval German "lud" meant "fame" and "liut" meant "Leute" ("people" or "folk," thus "liut-her" would be "Lord of the people",) and these are the two possible sources for the name. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Luter research. Another 297 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1787, 1806, 1483, 1546, 1636, 1716 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Luter History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 157 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Luter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Luter Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Tho Luter, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Casper Luter, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1662

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The Luter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Luter 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.

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