The name Sorter finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons
. It was given to one who worked as a person who played the psaltery, which was a stringed instrument. The surname Sorter 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 Sorter is a metonymic
surname, which means it is derived from an object associated with an occupation.
Early Origins of the Sorter family
The surname Sorter 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 Sorter family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sorter 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 Sorter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sorter Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Sorter has been recorded under many different variations, including Salter, Sallter, Saltier, Saltire and others.
Early Notables of the Sorter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sorter family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Sorter or a variant listed above:
Sorter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Aubery Sorter, aged 21, who arrived in New York, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Kiowa" from Guantanamo CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QR-V3T : 6 December 2014), Aubery Sorter, 15 Mar 1919; citing departure port Guantanamo, arrival port New York, New York, ship name Kiowa, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Ernest Sorter, aged 29, who arrived in New York, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Philadelphia" from Southampton, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6FZ-SM6 : 6 December 2014), Ernest Sorter, 30 Aug 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, New York, ship name Philadelphia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).