Cooter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cooter is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a person who seemed to exhibit some of the characteristics of birds. More specifically, as the name was derived from the Anglo-Saxon word "coot," it was a surname which arose as a nickname.

Early Origins of the Cooter family

The surname Cooter was first found in Lancashire 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 Cooter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cooter research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1201, 1219, 1227, 1610, 1661, 1622, 1672, 1738, 1800, 1642, 1600, 1602, 1605, 1620, 1683, 1636, 1700, 1683, 1689, 1695 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Cooter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cooter Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cooter have been found, including Coote, Cootes, Coot and others.

Early Notables of the Cooter family (pre 1700)

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cooter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Cooter family to Ireland

Some of the Cooter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 242 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Cooter migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Cooter surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Cooter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frank Cooter, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1909

Australia Cooter migration to Australia +

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

Cooter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Cooter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cooter (post 1700) +

  • Verlie Cooter, American actress
  • Stephen Cooter, American producer and director
  • Amelia Cooter, American actress
  • Robert D. Cooter, American academic, elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999


The Cooter 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: Vincit veritas
Motto Translation: Truth conquers.


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CROMWELL 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Cromwell.htm


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