Show ContentsCheater History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cheater reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Cheater family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cheater family lived in Somerset. They were originally from Carteret Manche, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Cheater family

The surname Cheater 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 Cheater family

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Cheater Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Chaytor, Chater, Chaters, Chator, Chators and others.

Early Notables of the Cheater family (pre 1700)

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United States Cheater migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Cheater name or one of its variants:

Cheater Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Cheater, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1644 [1]
  • Francis Cheater, who landed in Maryland in 1657 [1]

Australia Cheater migration to Australia +

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

Cheater Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Cheater (post 1700) +

  • Murray Cheater (1947-2020), New Zealand athlete who competed in the men's hammer throw at the 1976 Summer Olympics

The Cheater 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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th February 2022). Retrieved from on Facebook