Sewer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The people known in ancient Scotland as the Picts were the forefathers of the Sewer family. It is a name for a cobbler. The name is derived from the Old English word soutere, which in turn comes from the Old Norse word sutare, which means shoemaker or cobbler.

Early Origins of the Sewer family

The surname Sewer was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, where Colin, son of Angus Souter, held lands in 1264.

Important Dates for the Sewer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sewer research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1375, 1422, 1438, and 1663 are included under the topic Early Sewer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sewer Spelling Variations

When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Sewer has been written Souter, Suter, Sutar, Souttar, Soutar, Sutter, Shuter and many more.

Early Notables of the Sewer family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Sewer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sewer migration to the United States

The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Sewer:

Sewer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Sewer, who landed in Maryland in 1661 [1]
  • John Sewer, who arrived in Virginia in 1698 [1]
Sewer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Dewald Sewer, aged 16, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
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