The ancient name of Gatter finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a caterer. The surname Gatter 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 Gatter family
The surname Gatter 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
Early History of the Gatter family
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Gatter Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Gatter family name include Cater, Cator, Cather, Catter, Cader and others.
Early Notables of the Gatter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gatter family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Gatter surname or a spelling variation of the name include :
Gatter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Martin Gatter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)