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An ancient Scottish people known as the Picts were the forefathers of the Sooter family. Sooter is 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.

Sooter Early Origins



The surname Sooter was 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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Sooter Spelling Variations


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Sooter Spelling Variations



During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Sooter include Souter, Suter, Sutar, Souttar, Soutar, Sutter, Shuter and many more.

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Sooter Early History


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Sooter Early History



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

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Sooter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sooter Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sooter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Sooter:

Sooter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Sooter, who arrived in Virginia in 1649 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Sooter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christian Sooter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sooter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sooter (post 1700)



  • Shane Sooter, American director and producer, known for God for the Rest of Us (2015), The Perfect Stranger (2005) and Another Perfect Stranger (2007)
  • Meredith Frances Sooter (b. 1983), née, Andrews, American Christian music artist, songwriter, and worship leader
  • Roby Cecil "Rudy" Sooter (1905-1991), Canadian actor, known for his work in Gunsmoke (1960-1968) and Bonanza (1961-1967)

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