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The family name Cater is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon names of Britain. It was originally a name for a person who worked as a caterer. The surname Cater was an official name, "the cater," derived from the Old French ale catour, a title meaning a buyer of groceries for the gentleman's house. They were in charge of maintaining provisions in manors and castles. The cater's job assumed a great importance during extended sieges of his lord's castle, which could last for years.

Cater Early Origins



The surname Cater was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. William le Catur who was documented in the year 1273 in Essex and a few years later, Bernard le Acatour was listed in 1300 in Somerset. William Katerer was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379.

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Cater Spelling Variations


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Cater Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Cater include Cater, Cator, Cather, Catter, Cader and others.

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Cater Early History


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Cater Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cater research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1150 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Cater History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cater Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cater Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cater 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



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Cater Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Cater who settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Georg Cater, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • Thomas Cater, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • James Cater, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Cater Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Tho Cater, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • William Cater, who landed in Virginia in 1711
  • Rose Cater, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Sarah Cater, who settled in New England in 1760

Cater Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Philipp Robert Cater, who arrived in New York in 1871
  • Agnes Cater, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Colchester, in 1899

Cater Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Arthur A. Cater, aged 39, who emigrated to America from London, in 1906
  • Annie Eliz Cater, aged 37, who landed in America from Birmingham, England, in 1910
  • Alice H. Cater, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1911
  • Bertram Aymar Cater, aged 40, who landed in America from London, England, in 1913
  • Ada Mary Cater, aged 29, who landed in America from Yate, England, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cater Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Cater, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • James Cater, aged 29, a shepherd, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza"
  • James Cater arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1849

Cater Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • S. Cater arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andover" in 1843

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cater (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cater (post 1700)



  • Danny Anderson Cater (b. 1940), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1964 to 1975
  • William J. Cater, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1916 (alternate), 1924 (alternate), 1928; Candidate for New Hampshire State Senate 24th District, 1916
  • Silas D. Cater, American politician, Delegate to Alabama convention to ratify 21st amendment from Montgomery County, 1933
  • Leo H. Cater, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Somersworth 4th Ward, 1956
  • Eugene R. Cater (b. 1923), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 98th District, 1965-66; Defeated, 1966, 1968
  • Sir Alexander Norman Ley Cater KCIE (1880-1957), English administrator in British India, Chief Commissioner of Balochistan (1931-1932) and (1932-1936)
  • John Cater (1932-2009), English actor, known for his many roles in Danger Man, Z Cars, The Avengers, The Baron, Doctor Who and many more
  • James Cater (d. 1947), British boxer who competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • Sir Jack Cater KBE, JP (1922-2006), British diplomat, Chief Secretary of Hong Kong (1978 to 1981)
  • Nick Cater, Australian journalist
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Cater Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cater 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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