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
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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 
John Kotter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 
Johann Nickel Kotter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763 
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 
Anna Amalie Kotter, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849 
W Bernh Kotter, who arrived in America in 1833 
Gerh Herm Kotter, who arrived in America in 1840 
Joh Heinr W Kotter, who landed in America in 1840 
^ 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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