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Medieval Austria is the ancient homeland of the Fetter family. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 B C. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.

Fetter Early Origins



The surname Fetter was first found in Bavaria, where the name, historically associated with the landed aristocracy, could be considered to have played a major role in the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which took part in the tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. The main branch of the family left Bavaria for Styria in Austria in 1587 and later moved into Silesia where they became one of the most respected families. The ancestral seat was the castle and estates of Feistritz, near the city Cilley, two miles from Graz in Styria. The family also acquired the castle and manor Miestitz near Oppeln in Silesia.

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Fetter Spelling Variations


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Fetter Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Fetter include Vetter, Voetter (Bavaria), Votter (Bavaria), Vetters, Vetterle, Voetterl, Vetterling, Vetterlein, Vetterley, Vetterline, Vedder (northern Germany), Vett, Veth, Vether, Fett, Fetter, Fetters, Fetterle and many more.

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Fetter Early History


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Fetter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fetter research. Another 497 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1653, 1822, 1547, 1622, 1666 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Fetter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fetter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fetter Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fetter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Fetter or a variant listed above:

Fetter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Fetter, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Richard Fetter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Jacob Fetter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Anna Margarett Fetter, Henry Fetter, Jacob Fetter, and Richard Fetter all came to Philadelphia in 1729
  • Anna Margaret Fetter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fetter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Caspar Fetter, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Charles Fetter, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Stephen Fetter, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fetter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fetter (post 1700)



  • Trevor Fetter, American businessman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tenet Healthcare
  • Alexander L. "Sandy" Fetter, American physicist and Professor Emeritus of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University
  • Frank Albert Fetter (1863-1949), American economist of the Austrian School
  • Theodore "Ted" Fetter (1907-1996), Broadway lyricist, best remembered for co-writing the song "Taking a Chance on Love"
  • W. Roger Fetter, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1956
  • Henry Fetter, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate, 1857-59

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Suggested Readings for the name Fetter


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Suggested Readings for the name Fetter



  • The Michael Fetters Family: Westward Migration by Mary Emma Curtis.

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Fetter Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    9. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    10. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
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    The Fetter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fetter Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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