The name Haughter was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. It comes from the Scandinavian given name Ottur.
When used as a surname Otter
indicates that the father of the original bearer was named Ottur.
Early Origins of the Haughter family
The surname Haughter was first found in Huntingdon
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, and are believed to be descended from the celebrated Castellan of Windsor, William FitzOther, son of Otherus, the Duke of Lombardy
, the great Norman land owner at the time of the Conquest, who was also scion of the Fitzgeralds, the Gerards and the Windsors. The Clan
proliferated in east Yorkshire
, Lincoln and Derby.
Early History of the Haughter family
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Haughter Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Haughter family name include Other, Others, Otter, Otters, Ottyr, Otre, Otir, Oter, Oder, Othyr, FitzOther and many more.
Early Notables of the Haughter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Haughter family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Haughter family to immigrate North America: Johan Casspar Other who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740; Thomas Others settled in Virginia in 1636; Francis Otter landed in America in 1748.