The surname Letter was originally the name of a place in ancient Berwickshire
county, before it came to be the surname of this great family.
Early Origins of the Letter family
The surname Letter was first found in Berwickshire
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.
Early History of the Letter family
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Letter Spelling Variations
The name Letter, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Lauder, Laudor, Lawder, Lawther, Leather, Lauther and others.
Early Notables of the Letter family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir Robert Lauder of Bass (d. 1311), a supporter of William Wallace at Stirling
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Migration of the Letter family to Ireland
Some of the Letter family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Letter family to the New World and Oceana
The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland
, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Letter family, or who bore a variation of the surname Letter were George Lauder, who settled in Virginia in 1716; as well as John and Sarah Lauder, who settled in Belfast Maine in 1820.
The Letter Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sub umbra alarum tuarus
Motto Translation: Under the shadow of thy wings.