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Medieval Austria is the ancient homeland of the Fetters family. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 BC. 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.

Early Origins of the Fetters family

The surname Fetters 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 was derived from the German word for "cousin," from the German word denoting "father's brother; one related to another, later, a male cousin." [1]

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.

Early History of the Fetters family

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Fetters Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Fetters 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.

Early Notables of the Fetters family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Fetters in this period include the knight Eusebius Vetter, who so distinguished himself at the Battle of the White Mountain during the uprising...
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Fetters Ranking

In the United States, the name Fetters is the 11,233rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Fetters migration to the United States +

After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Fetters were

Fetters Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Moische Fetters, aged 5, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Leie Fetters, aged 9, who immigrated to America, in 1895
  • Gitel Fetters, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
Fetters Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Willis Fetters, who settled in America, in 1908
  • William Fetters, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Wm. Fetters, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Kenneth R. Fetters, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Margaret Fetters, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1920

Contemporary Notables of the name Fetters (post 1700) +

  • Mrs. Harlan C. Fetters, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1932 [3]
  • E. H. Fetters, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1952 [3]
  • Michael Lee Fetters (b. 1964), retired Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Karl L Fetters (b. 1909), President of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers 1964

  1. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from on Facebook