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

The descendants of the clans of the ancient Scottish tribe known as the Picts were the first to use the name Suter. It was a name for a cobbler. The name is derived from the Old English word soutere, which in turn comes from the Old Norse word sutare, which means shoemaker or cobbler.

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Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Suter has been spelled Souter, Suter, Sutar, Souttar, Soutar, Sutter, Shuter and many more.

First found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, where Colin, son of Angus Souter, held lands in 1264.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Suter research. Another 194 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1375, 1422, 1438, and 1663 are included under the topic Early Suter History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Suter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Suter:

Suter Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Simon Suter, who arrived in Virginia in 1698

Suter Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Verena Suter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Hans Suter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Hans Jacob Suter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Heinrich Suter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • John Suter, who arrived in Maryland in 1747


Suter Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • George Suter, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • James Suter, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866
  • Yost Suter, who arrived in Ohio in 1884

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  • William K Suter (b. 1937), 19th Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Heinrich Suter (1848-1922), German Mathematician
  • Robert M Suter Ph.D., Professor of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Dr. Henry Suter (1841-1918), New Zealand zoologist, naturalist and palaeontologist
  • Patric Suter (b. 1977), Swiss hammer thrower


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