The Quylter 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 Quylter family
The surname Quylter 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 Quylter family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quylter 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 Quylter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Quylter Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Quilter, Quelter, Quylter and others.
Early Notables of the Quylter 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 Quylter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Quylter family to Ireland
Some of the Quylter 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 Quylter family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Quylter 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..