The Quelter surname is occupational
in origin. It is derived from the Middle English/Old French word "cuilte," which meant "mattress." As a surname, it was no doubt originally used by a maker of quilts and mattresses.
Early Origins of the Quelter family
The surname Quelter was first found in Oxfordshire
where one of the first records of the name was Richard le Quilter who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls
Early History of the Quelter family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quelter research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1179, 1841, 1911, 1886, 1841, 1911 and 1897 are included under the topic Early Quelter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Quelter Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Quilter, Quelter, Quylter and others.
Early Notables of the Quelter family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William Cuthbert Quilter (1841-1911), of Bawdsey Manor in Bawdsey in the County of Suffolk
who in 1897 had the Quilter Baronetcy created for him. He was one of the founders of the... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Quelter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Quelter family to Ireland
Some of the Quelter family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Quelter family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Quelter or a variant listed above: Mark Quilter, who came to Ipswich, MA in 1648; William Quiltar, who came to New York in 1851; Daniel Quilter, who arrived in Ohio in 1852; and Francis Quilter, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1852..