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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.

Chater Early Origins



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.

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Chater Spelling Variations


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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.

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Chater Early History


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Chater Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chater research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1090, 1178 and 1494 are included under the topic Early Chater History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chater Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chater Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Chater 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



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 17th Century

  • Jo Chater, aged 17, landed in Barbados in 1635

Chater Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A Chater, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Chater Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Emily Chater, aged 16, a housemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chater (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chater (post 1700)



  • Daniel Chater, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Windsor, 1916-17
  • 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)
  • Geoffrey Chater (b. 1921), British actor
  • 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

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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    The Chater Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chater 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.

    This page was last modified on 8 December 2015 at 11:26.

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