Fader History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished German surname Fader is derived from the High German "vater," meaning "father." It is likely that the name was originally bestowed as a nickname on someone who acted as a counselor or elder within an extended family or community. Alternatively, the name "Vader" was often used to refer to a clergyman or to a male attendant in a hospital; thus, the progenitor of the name may have been one who held such an occupation.

Early Origins of the Fader family

The surname Fader was first found in Bavaria, where the name Vatersheim was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Fader family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fader research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1680, 1712, 1749, 1757, 1771, 1790, 1793, 1826, and 1866 are included under the topic Early Fader History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fader Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Vatersheim, Vater, Vaterweis, Feuerstein, Waterstein, Waterscheim, Watersheim, Fater, Fader and many more.

Early Notables of the Fader family (pre 1700)

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fader Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Fader migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fader Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Fader, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1843
  • Joseph Fader, who was living in Mississippi in 1857
  • Joseph Fader, who landed in Mississippi in 1857 [1]
  • Marie Fader, who sailed from Bremen to New York in 1864
  • John George Fader, who was naturalized in Ohio in 1876

Canada Fader migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fader Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Lucas Fader U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fader (post 1700) +

  • Paul T. Fader (1959-2017), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1996; 36th Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey (1998-2003) [3]
  • Debra Lee Fader, American politician, Mayor of Montevideo, Minnesota; Elected 2012 [3]
  • Douglas Fader CV, Canadian recipient of the Cross of Valour for acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Granvil  Fader (1896-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Miss Jessie  Fader (1907-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]


  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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