, an ancient Scottish tribe, were the ancestors of the first person to use the name Sowter. It was 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
Early Origins of the Sowter family
The surname Sowter 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.
Early History of the Sowter family
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Sowter Spelling Variations
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations
with single names. Sowter has appeared Souter, Suter, Sutar, Souttar, Soutar, Sutter, Shuter and many more.
Early Notables of the Sowter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sowter family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland
, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan
societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Sowter:
Sowter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Nicholas Sowter, who settled in Philadelphia in 1733
Sowter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Robert Sowter, English convict from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
Contemporary Notables of the name Sowter (post 1700)
- Unwin Sowter (1839-1910), English corn factor and miller and cricketer