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The Panter surname is derived from the Middle English/Old French word "panetier" and was an occupational name from the office of master-baker. "In the court of France the Pantier was an officer of high consideration; and in monasteries the Pantier was charged with the distribution of bread to the poor. " [1]


The surname Panter was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Panter, Panther, Pantre, Pander, Pantry and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Panter research. Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1373, 1471, 1524, 1470, 1519, 1558, 1545 and 1558 are included under the topic Early Panter History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 95 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Panter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Panter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Wm Panter, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Panter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Panter settled in Maryland in 1741

Panter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Panter settled in Philadelphia in 1860

Panter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Panter, aged 27, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion"


  • Michael J. "Mike" Panter (b. 1969), American Democratic Party politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly for two terms from 2004 until 2008
  • Gary Panter (b. 1950), American illustrator, painter and designer
  • Horace Panter (b. 1953), born Stephen Graham Panter, also known as Sir Horace Gentleman, a British bassist known for his work for the British 2 Tone ska band The Specials
  • Sir Howard Hugh Panter (b. 1949), multi-award winning British theatre impresario, chief executive and creative director of the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd and Chairman of Rambert Dance Company
  • Richard John Graham "Ricky" Panter (b. 1948), British cleric, Archdeacon of Liverpool since 2002
  • Frederick Kennedy Panter (1836-1864), Australian policeman who became an explorer of colonial Western Australia but was killed by Australian Aborigines while exploring in the Kimberley region of Western Australia
  • Anne Panter (b. 1984), English silver and four-time bronze medalist field hockey international player


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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  8. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Panter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Panter Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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