Origins Available: English
The Quilter 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 Quilter family
The surname Quilter 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 Quilter family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quilter 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 Quilter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Quilter Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Quilter, Quelter, Quylter and others.
Early Notables of the Quilter 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 Quilter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Quilter family to Ireland
Some of the Quilter 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 Quilter family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Quilter or a variant listed above:
Quilter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Mark Quilter, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1648 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Quilter (post 1700)
- Laura Quilter (b. 1968), American lawyer and archivist
- Peter Quilter, English playwright
- Roger Quilter (1877-1953), English composer
- Sir Anthony Raymond Leopold Cuthbert Quilter (b. 1937), 4th Baronet
- Sir John Raymond Cuthbert Quilter (1902-1959), 3rd Baronet, best remembered for his manufacture of static-line parachutes widely used by British troops during and after the Second World War
- Sir William Eley Cuthbert Quilter (1873-1952), 2nd Baronet