Chater History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Chater arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Chater family lived in Somerset. They were originally from Carteret Manche, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Chater family

The surname Chater was first found in Somerset 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.

Early History of the Chater family

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Chater Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Chaytor, Chater, Chaters, Chator, Chators and others.

Early Notables of the Chater family (pre 1700)

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United States Chater migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Chater or a variant listed above were:

Chater Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A Chater, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

Australia Chater migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Chater Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Emily Chater, aged 16, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"

West Indies Chater migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [2]
Chater Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Jo Chater, aged 17, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [1]
  • Mr. John Chater, (b. 1618), aged 17, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Expedition" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Chater (post 1700) +

  • Daniel Chater, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Windsor, 1916-17 [4]
  • Geoffrey Michael Chater Robinson (1921-2021), English stage, television and film actor, known for crime drama and detectives series such as Foyle's War and Midsomer Murders
  • Gordon Maitland Chater (1922-1999), English-born, Australian Gold Logie Award winning comedian and actor
  • John W Chater, English publisher in Tyneside in the late 1800s
  • Elizabeth Eileen Chater (1910-2004), Canadian author of novels and poetry
  • Anthony P J "Tony" Chater (b. 1930), British newspaper editor and communist activist, Editor of The Morning Star (1974-1995)
  • Daniel "Dan" Chater (1870-1959), British Labour Co-operative politician, Member of Parliament for Hammersmith South (1929-1931), and for Bethnal Green North East (1935-1950)
  • Kerry Michael Chater (b. 1945), Canadian musician and songwriter, best known as a member of Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
  • Sir Catchick Paul Chater CMG (1846-1926), British businessman in colonial Hong Kong, Senior Unofficial Member of the Executive Council (1896-1926), Senior Unofficial Member of the Legislative Council (1900-1906)
  • Kamel Chater (1972-1990), Tunisian two-time gold medalist welterweight boxer, active in the 1990s


The Chater 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: Fortune le veut
Motto Translation: Fortune so wills it.


  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)
  2. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  3. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 29th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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