Fater History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished German surname Fater 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 Fater family

The surname Fater 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 Fater family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fater 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 Fater History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fater 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 Fater family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Fater family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Paulus Vater, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1742; Christian Vater, a mercenary from Anhalt-Zerbst who settled in Québec after fighting in the American Revolution, Andrew Fader, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1843.


Contemporary Notables of the name Fater (post 1700) +



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