Kater History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kater is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a caterer. The surname Kater 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 Kater family

The surname Kater 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 Kater family

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Kater Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Kater include Cater, Cator, Cather, Catter, Cader and others.

Early Notables of the Kater family (pre 1700)

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United States Kater migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Kater were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Kater Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Kater, who landed in Maryland in 1672 [1]
Kater Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Georg Kater, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
Kater Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • August Kater, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874 [1]
  • Simon Kater, who arrived in Iowa in 1885 [1]

New Zealand Kater migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kater Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • W Henry Kater, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • William Henry Kater, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Kater (post 1700) +

  • Henry Kater (1777-1835), English man of science, born in Bristol on 16 April 1777 where his father, Henry Kater, of German descent, was one of the firm of John & Henry Kater, sugar-bakers, Tucker Street [2]


  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. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 26 October 2020


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