Kotter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kotter family

The surname Kotter was first found in Swabia, where the name became noted for its many branches with the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In its later history the name became a power unto itself; bearers were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family. The name most likely comes from the German word "kottler," meaning "keeper of a granary or silo." Many surnames were taken from the profession of their first bearers; so it is entirely possible that the first person to bear the surname Kotter was such a person.

Important Dates for the Kotter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kotter research. Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kotter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kotter Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kotter, Köter, Koeter, Köther, Kottler, Kother, Kather, Koettler, Koetler and many more.

Early Notables of the Kotter family (pre 1700)

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Kotter migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kotter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Valentin Kotter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Valentin Kotter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • John Kotter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • Johann Nickel Kotter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763 [1]
  • Johann Nickel Kotter, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1763
Kotter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H B Kotter, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Anna Amalie Kotter, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • W Bernh Kotter, who arrived in America in 1833 [1]
  • Gerh Herm Kotter, who arrived in America in 1840 [1]
  • Joh Heinr W Kotter, who landed in America in 1840 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Kotter (post 1700)

  • John P Kotter, American author and professor of leadership at the Harvard School of Business

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Citations

  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)
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