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The ancient people of the French province of Anjou were the first to use the name Jeter. Jeter was derived from the male given name of Yehuda or Judah, which was the Biblical name of Jacob's eldest son.


The surname Jeter was first found in Anjou, a former county, duchy and province centred on the city of Angers in the lower Loire Valley of western France. The first records of the were found in a village in the department of Maine-et-Loire, in the canton and district of Barepéau.

Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Jeter, including Jetté, Jeté, Jettet, Jetet, Jetter, Jeter, Jettot, Jetot, Jettau, Jetau, Jettaud, Jetaud, Jettaut, Jetaut, Jettaux, Jetaux, Jettauld, Jetauld, Jettault, Jetault, Jettaulx, Jetaulx, Jetteau, Jeteau, Jetteaux, Jeteaux, Jettat, Jetat, Jettas, Jetas, Jettard, Jetard, Jetton, Jeton, Jettin and many more.


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By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Jeter has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Jeter were

Jeter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Eles Jeter, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Jeter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edwin Jeter, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Nowel Jeter, aged 20, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1904
  • Bessie R. Jeter, aged 30, who emigrated to America, in 1913
  • Lawrence Jeter, who settled in America, in 1919
  • Jesse Jeter, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1923

  • Gary Michael Jeter (1955-2016), professional American NFL football defensive end
  • Shawn Darrell Jeter (b. 1966), American former Major League Baseball outfielder, son of the Major League Baseball outfielder Johnny Jeter
  • Eugene "Pooh" Jeter III (b. 1983), American-born Ukrainian professional basketball player
  • Kevin Wayne "K.W." Jeter (b. 1950), American science fiction and horror author, known for his Star Trek and Star Wars novels and his three sequels to Blade Runner
  • John "Johnny" Jeter (b. 1981), American retired professional wrestler
  • John "Johnny" Jeter (b. 1944), American former Major League Baseball player who played from 1969 to 1974
  • Harold "Hal" Jeter (b. 1945), American former professional basketball player for the Washington Caps in five games in March 1970
  • Claude A. Jeter (1914-2009), African American gospel music singer
  • Carmelita Jeter (b. 1979), American Olympic gold medalist sprinter who specializes in the 100 meters
  • Robert DeLafayette "Bob" Jeter Jr. (1937-2008), American NFL football cornerback who played from 1960 to 1973, inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
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  • Hulls' Heritage by Carolyn Hull Estes.
  • The Jeter Mosaic by Grata Jeter Clark.

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    Other References

    1. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. 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).
    6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    9. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Jeter Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Jeter 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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