Luter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In mediaeval German "lud" meant "fame" and "liut" or "Leute" meant "people" or "folk;" while "her," meant "army." Thus "liut-her" meant "person in the army," while "lud-her" would be a "famous soldier."

Early Origins of the Luter family

The surname Luter was first found in Saxony, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. In northern Germany the name Lueder was more popular, while in southern Germany the root was Liut-her or Leuther, and in Thuringia "Luther" (Martin Luther's father wrote his name "Luder"). In mediaeval German "lud" meant "fame" and "liut" meant "Leute" ("people" or "folk," thus "liut-her" would be "Lord of the people",) and these are the two possible sources for the name. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Luter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Luter research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1787, 1806, 1415, 1472, 1456, 1483, 1546, 1636, 1716 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Luter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Luter Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Luther, Lutter, Luter, Lueder, Lueders, Leuther, Luethi (Switzerland), Leuthiold, Luethold, Lutte and many more.

Early Notables of the Luter family (pre 1700)

Prominent bearers of the family name Luter at this time were Peter Luder (1415-1472), German professor of Latin at the University of Heidelberg from 1456; and Martin Luther (1483-1546), who was the dominating personality of the Reformation, and one of the greatest religious reformers the world has known. His greatest literary monument amongst...
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Luter Ranking

In the United States, the name Luter is the 18,111st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Luter migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Luter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Luter, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Casper Luter, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1662 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Luter (post 1700) +

  • Joseph W. Luter III (b. 1939), American food magnate, former chairman of Smithfield Foods
  • Mick Luter (b. 1978), American rapper
  • Joseph Luter Sr., American founder of Smithfield Packing Company in 1936, the world's largest hog producer and pork processor
  • Fred Luter (b. 1956), American Baptist minister and church leader
  • Elizabeth W. Luter (b. 1956), American resource person, wife of Fred Luter
  • Chip Luter (b. 1985), American Baptist minister, son of Fred Luter
  • Claude Luter (1923-2006), French jazz clarinetist and saxophonist


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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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