Scotland spawned the name Atter. It is derived from the Gaelic form Mac-an-Tsaoir, which denotes son of the carpenter or wright.
Early Origins of the Atter family
Iona, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Atter family
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Atter Spelling Variations
spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. Atter has appeared as MacAteer, MacTear, MacTeir, MacTire, MacAtee, MacAtter, MacAttur and many more.
Early Notables of the Atter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Atter family to Ireland
Some of the Atter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Atter family to the New World and Oceana
Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Atter were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:
Atter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Historic Events for the Atter family
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The Atter Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Per ardua
Motto Translation: Through difficulties.
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