Ganter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Ganter finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one who worked as a choirmaster. Checking further we found the name was derived from the word cantor, the Latin word for precentor. The name could have also come from the Old English word gaunter which was the trade name of a glover, or one who makes gloves.

Early Origins of the Ganter family

The surname Ganter was first found in Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Ganter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ganter research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1273, and 1500 are included under the topic Early Ganter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ganter Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Ganter has been recorded under many different variations, including Caunter, Canter, Ganter, Gaunter, Cantor, Cantour, Cauntor and many more.

Early Notables of the Ganter family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Ganter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Ganter migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ganter or a variant listed above:

Ganter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Lester Ganter who arrived in New England in 1635

Contemporary Notables of the name Ganter (post 1700) +

  • Robert Ganter (b. 1952), American professional baseball player
  • Bernard Jacques Ganter (1928-1993), American clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Amy Kim Ganter (b. 1980), American author and illustrator
  • Fred Ganter, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 7th District, 1954 [1]
  • Edward J. Ganter, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1944 [1]
  • Allan Ganter, former Australian Olympic figure skater


The Ganter Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Quam non terret hyems
Motto Translation: Which winger does not nip with cold.


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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