Catter is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon
society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a caterer. The surname Catter 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 Catter family
The surname Catter 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
Early History of the Catter family
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Catter Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Catter include Cater, Cator, Cather, Catter, Cader and others.
Early Notables of the Catter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Catter family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Catter were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: George Cater who settled in Virginia in 1642; Mary Cator, who came to Virginia in 1726; Sarah Cater, who settled in New England
in 1760; Andrew and Jane Cather, who arrived in New York in 1823 with their three children.
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