Show ContentsGater History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Gater finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one who worked as a caterer. The surname Gater was an official name, "the cater," derived from the Old French ale catour, a title meaning a buyer of groceries for the gentleman's house. They were in charge of maintaining provisions in manors and castles. The cater's job assumed a great importance during extended sieges of his lord's castle, which could last for years.

Early Origins of the Gater family

The surname Gater was first found in Berkshire, 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. William le Catur who was documented in the year 1273 in Essex and a few years later, Bernard le Acatour was listed in 1300 in Somerset. William Katerer was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379.

Early History of the Gater family

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Gater 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. Gater has been recorded under many different variations, including Cater, Cator, Cather, Catter, Cader and others.

Early Notables of the Gater family (pre 1700)

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United States Gater 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 Gater or a variant listed above:

Gater Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jo Gater, Jr., aged 15, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 aboard the ship "Assurance" [1]
  • Jo Gater, Sr., aged 36, who landed in Virginia in 1635 aboard the ship "Assurance" [1]
  • Joan Gater, aged 23, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 aboard the ship "Assurance" [1]
  • Jane Gater, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [1]
  • Mathew Gater, who landed in Maryland in 1661 [1]

Australia Gater migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gater Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Gater, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Herbert Gater, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian" [3]
  • Elizabeth Gater, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles" [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gater (post 1700) +

  • Roy Gater (1940-2017), English footballer and manager

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from
  4. South Australian Register Monday 14th August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord of the Isles 1854. Retrieved on Facebook