Sather History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Sather is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the ancient chapelry of Satterthwaite found near Hawkeshead in Lancashire. This surname was originally derived from the Old English elements soetr meaning shield and pveit meaning pasture. [1]

Early Origins of the Sather family

The surname Sather was first found in Cumbria at Satterthwaite, a chapelry, in the parish of Hawkshead, union of Ulverston, hundred of Lonsdale in Lancashire. [2] The village dates back to at least 1336 when it was listed as Sterthwayt. [1]

"Small and secluded as is the spot, it has originated a surname that has spread far and wide. It seems to have reached London about the 16th century." [3]

The Lancashire Wills at Richmond included the the following entries: Robert Saterthwaite, of Coutehouse in Hawkshead, 1596; William Satewhait, of Saterthwaite, 1604; and George Satenwhat, of Hauxhead, 1613. [3]

Early History of the Sather family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sather research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1642, 1649, 1668, 1720, 1790, 1685, 1728, 1847, 1897 and 1978 are included under the topic Early Sather History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sather 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 Sather family name include Satterthwaite, Satherthwaite, Satterthwater and many more.

Early Notables of the Sather family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Satterthwaite (1720-1790) a prominent Quaker in Lancaster, Lancashire who was involved in the slave trade. He was the son of Thomas Satterthwaite (1685-1728) and Mary Ledger. His brother, Benjamin Satterthwaite became a factor or agent for a group of Lancaster slave traders, first in Barbados and then in...
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Sather Ranking

In the United States, the name Sather is the 9,287th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]


United States Sather migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, 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. Early immigrants bearing the Sather surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Sather Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • P Sather, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]

Canada Sather migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sather Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • J A Sather, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Contemporary Notables of the name Sather (post 1700) +

  • Larry O. Sather (1940-2022), American politician, Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1993-2006)
  • Natalie Sather (b. 1985), American auto racing driver
  • Drake Sather (1959-2004), American stand-up comedian and Emmy nominated television writer
  • Peder Sather (1810-1886), prominent Norwegian-born American banker and philanthropist, eponym and benefactor of Sather Tower and Sather Gate at University of California, Berkeley
  • Michael Sather (b. 1947), Canadian former politician, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, British Columbia (2005-2013)
  • Glen Cameron "Slats" Sather (b. 1943), Canadian former hockey league payer and coach, current president of the New York Rangers, responsible for building Canadian national teams for the 1984 Canada Cup, the 1994 Ice Hockey World Championship and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997

USS Arizona
  • Mr. William Ford Sather, American Pattern Maker First Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [6]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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