The name Sallter is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name was given to a person who was a person who played the psaltery, which was a stringed instrument. The surname Sallter is an occupational
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task, as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were derived from an object associated with a particular activity. In this case, the surname Sallter is a metonymic
surname, which means it is derived from an object associated with an occupation.
Early Origins of the Sallter family
The surname Sallter was first found in Shropshire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Sallter family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sallter research.Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1404, 1383, 1386, 1388, 1397, 1397 and 1399 are included under the topic Early Sallter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sallter Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sallter family name include Salter, Sallter, Saltier, Saltire and others.
Early Notables of the Sallter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sallter family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Sallter or a variant listed above:
Sallter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Nicholas Sallter, who landed in Virginia in 1634 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)