Suiter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The people known in ancient Scotland as the Picts were the forefathers of the Suiter 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 Suiter family

The surname Suiter 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 Suiter family

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Suiter Spelling Variations

Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Suiter has been written Souter, Suter, Sutar, Souttar, Soutar, Sutter, Shuter and many more.

Early Notables of the Suiter family (pre 1700)

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Suiter Ranking

In the United States, the name Suiter is the 7,179th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States Suiter migration to the United States +

Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Suiter:

Suiter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Israel Suiter, aged 24, who immigrated to America, in 1893
  • Lizzie Suiter, aged 28, who landed in America from Ireland, in 1893
  • Maggie Suiter, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Robert Suiter, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
Suiter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Wm. Suiter, aged 66, who settled in America from Belfast, in 1903
  • Elizabeth Suiter, aged 61, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • James A. Suiter, aged 62, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • James Suiter, aged 9, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Harrison Suiter, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Suiter migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Suiter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert Suiter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sydenham" in 1870

Contemporary Notables of the name Suiter (post 1700) +

  • Amy Suiter, American interim head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders softball team
  • Gary G. Suiter (1945-1982), American professional basketball player
  • Ernest B. Suiter, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1924 [2]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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