Show ContentsPanter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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]

Early Origins of the Panter family

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.

Early History of the Panter family

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Panter Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Panter family

Notable amongst the family at this time was

  • Andrew Panter, Keeper of the King's Mint

United States Panter migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Panter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Panter, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [2]
Panter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Panter, who settled in Maryland in 1741
Panter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Panter, who settled in Philadelphia in 1860

Australia Panter migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Panter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Panter, aged 27, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion" [3]
  • Mr. William Charles Panter, Cornish sailor who immigrated to New South Wales, Australia aboard the ship "Ramilies" in 1861 convicted at Maitland Gaol on 11th June 1861 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Panter (post 1700) +

  • 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

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  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)
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARION 1851 - HER HISTORY. Retrieved
  4. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook