Cathers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Cathers name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Cathers was originally a name given to someone who worked as a caterer. The surname Cathers 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.

Early Origins of the Cathers family

The surname Cathers 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.

Early History of the Cathers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cathers research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1150 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Cathers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cathers Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Cathers are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Cathers include: Cater, Cator, Cather, Catter, Cader and others.

Early Notables of the Cathers family (pre 1700)

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United States Cathers migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cathers or a variant listed above:

Cathers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Cathers, who settled in Philadelphia in 1808
  • William Cathers, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]

Canada Cathers migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cathers Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Cathers, who landed in Canada in 1812
  • Joseph Cathers, aged 15, who arrived in Canada in 1812

Contemporary Notables of the name Cathers (post 1700) +

  • Brad Cathers, Canadian politician in the Yukon Legislative Assembly
  • Cecil Alexander Cathers (1901-1989), Progressive Conservative party member of the Canadian House of Commons


  1. ^ 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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