Garters History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Garters is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a gardener or one in charge of a padlock. In this case the surname originally derived from the Middle English word gartier.

Early Origins of the Garters family

The surname Garters was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Garters family

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Garters Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Garters has appeared include Garter, Garters and others.

Early Notables of the Garters family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Bernard Garter (fl. 1570), English poet, who describes himself on his title-pages as citizen of London, was, according to Hunter, second son of Sir William Garter of London, and father of a Bernard Garter of...
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Migration of the Garters family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Garters arrived in North America very early: John Garter who arrived in New England in 1709; Owen Garter, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804; Jacob Garter, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773.



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