Pawter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
In the times when people first began to use surnames, many, such as the ancestors of the Pawter family, adopted their occupation as their surname. Pawter was an occupational name for a gatekeeper or watchman deriving its origin from the Old French word "portier," meaning "doorman." The meaning was sometimes extended to mean the keeper of the castle.  
Early Origins of the Pawter family
The surname Pawter was first found in Hampshire, where Hugh de Port was listed in the Domesday Book as a major land holder. A Milo Portarius, worked as a porter at the jail or castle of Winchester and was also listed in Hampshire in the Domesday Book.  The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Robert le Porter. 
Early History of the Pawter family
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Pawter Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Porter, Pawter, Poreter, Portar and others.
Early Notables of the Pawter family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Porter, English Member of Parliament for Taunton (1390-1394); John Porter (died 1599), English Member of Parliament for Bramber; William Porter, Sergeant at Arms to King Henry VII; Endymion Porter (1587-1649), an English diplomat and Royalist; James Porter, a British politician, Vice-Chamberlain of the Household and a Member of Parliament for Fethard in the 1689 Patriot Parliament, supporter of James II who followed him into exile; George Porter (1622?-1683), English Royalist army officer of the First English Civil War; Thomas Porter (1636-1680), an English dramatist...
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Migration of the Pawter family to Ireland
Some of the Pawter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Pawter family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Roger Porter, who settled in New England in 1638; with his wife and four children; Robert Porter settled in Barbados in 1676 with his two children; John Porter settled in Virginia in 1642.
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The Pawter 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: Et fide et virtute
Motto Translation: Both fidelity and virtue.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)