Custer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Custer is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from the baptismal name which means Custance. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.

Early Origins of the Custer family

The surname Custer was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. Their family seat later emerged at Weston House in Norwich in that shire. From their early beginnings, for the next few centuries, the family name also acquired other estates or manors as branches established themselves throughout England. The major conflicts of the eras, such as the War of the Roses, the English Reformation, and the English Civil War sometimes found them to be in opposing camps, with conflicting interests. For instance, the ancient, most popular form of the name was Constance.

Important Dates for the Custer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Custer research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1629, 1801, and 1881 are included under the topic Early Custer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Custer Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Custer has undergone many spelling variations, including Custerson, Custer, Custance, Constance, Custeson and others.

Early Notables of the Custer family (pre 1700)

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Custer migration to the United States

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Custer were among those contributors:

Custer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Emanuel Custer, who settled in Maryland in 1811
  • Catherine Custer, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • Fergus Custer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • James Custer, who settled in New York in 1832
  • Ernst Custer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Custer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Henry Custer, who arrived in Illinois in 1917

Contemporary Notables of the name Custer (post 1700)

  • Levitt Luzern Custer (1888-1962), American inventor of the statoscope
  • Levitt Ellsworth Custer (1863-1924), American Ohio dentist and balloonist
  • Stephen Custer, American cellist
  • David Luke Custer (b. 1980), American journalist and television anchor and reporter
  • Willard Ray Custer (1899-1985), American engineer and aircraft visionary
  • Bob Custer (1898-1974), American film actor
  • John Custer, American record producer
  • Boston Custer (1848-1876), American youngest brother of U.S. Army General George Armstrong Custer
  • Elizabeth Bacon Custer (1842-1933), American wife of General George Armstrong Custer
  • Thomas Ward Custer (1845-1876), United States Army officer and two-time recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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)
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