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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.

Quilter Early Origins



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 of 1273.

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Quilter Spelling Variations


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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.

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Quilter Early History


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Quilter Early History



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.

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Quilter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Quilter Early Notables (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.

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Quilter In Ireland


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Quilter In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Atlanti c. 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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Quilter (post 1700)


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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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    11. ...

    The Quilter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Quilter 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.

    This page was last modified on 9 April 2014 at 09:51.

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