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An ancient Scottish tribe called the Boernicians were the ancestors of the first people to use the surname Halter. It is a name for a person who was the elder of two people, bearing the same name. Halter is a nickname surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. Members of the Halter family were originally found in Edinburghshire, where they had been settled prior to the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066.

Halter Early Origins



The surname Halter was first found in Edinburghshire, a former county, now part of the Midlothian council area 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.

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Halter Spelling Variations


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Halter Spelling Variations



Spelling rules only evolved in the last few centuries with the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries. Spelling variations are extremely common in names from before that period. Halter has been spelled Elder, Elders, Eldar, MacNoravaich and others.

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Halter Early History


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Halter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Halter research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 189 and are included under the topic Early Halter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Halter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Halter Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Halter In Ireland


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Halter In Ireland



Some of the Halter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



After making their great crossing, many Boernician-Scottish families settled along the east coast of North Ameri ca. When the War of Independence broke out, United Empire Loyalists moved north to Canada while the rest stayed to fight. The ancestors of many of these Scots still populate the continent. This century, through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations, they began to rediscover their collective national heritage. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Halter or a variant listed above:

Halter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Martin Halter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738

Halter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Halter, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874

Halter Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Antonn Halter, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Catharine Halter, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Christian Halter, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Elisabeth Halter, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Magdalena Halter, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Halter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Halter (post 1700)



  • Ernie Halter, American singer/songwriter
  • Lars Halter (b. 1973), German-born, American journalist
  • William A. "Bill" Halter (b. 1960), American politician, 14th Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas (2007-2011)
  • Nora L. Halter, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1924
  • Edward J. Halter, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 28th District, 1920
  • Martina Halter (b. 1994), Swiss female former volleyball player, member of the Switzerland National Team in 2013
  • Roman Halter (1927-2012), Polish painter, sculptor, writer, architect and Holocaust survivor
  • Irving L. "Irv" Halter Jr. (b. 1952), retired Air Force Major General and current Democrat politician
  • Gerald Sydney Halter OC (1905-1990), Canadian lawyer, 1st Commissioner of the Canadian Football League, inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1966

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Motto


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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: Virtute duce
Motto Translation: With virtue for guide.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    5. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    6. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    8. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    11. ...

    The Halter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Halter Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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