occupational surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Occupational 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 Sawter is a metonymic surname, which means it is derived from an object associated with an occupation.
Early Origins of the Sawter family
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 Sawter family
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Sawter Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Sawter have been found, including: Salter, Sallter, Saltier, Saltire and others.
Early Notables of the Sawter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sawter family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Sawter, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Sawter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Sawter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Sawter (post 1700)
Historic Events for the Sawter family
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