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Where did the German Vatter family come from? What is the German Vatter family crest and coat of arms? When did the Vatter family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Vatter family history?The ancient and distinguished German surname Vatter is derived from the High German "vater," meaning "father." It is likely that the name was originally bestowed as a nickname on someone who acted as a counselor or elder within an extended family or community. Alternatively, the name "Vader" was often used to refer to a clergyman or to a male attendant in a hospital; thus, the progenitor of the name may have been one who held such an occupation.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Vatersheim, Vater, Vaterweis, Feuerstein, Waterstein, Waterscheim, Watersheim, Fater, Fader and many more.
First found in Bavaria, where the name Vatersheim was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vatter research. Another 193 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1680, 1712, 1749, 1757, 1771, 1790, 1793, 1826, and 1866 are included under the topic Early Vatter History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 45 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vatter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Vatter Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Vatter Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Vatter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vatter 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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