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Where did the German Teeter family come from? What is the German Teeter family crest and coat of arms? When did the Teeter family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Teeter family history?

This Surname was created from the Upper German personal name Dietrich, which is in turn derived from the elements "Diet," meaning "nation or people," and "her," meaning "army."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Dieter, Deiter, Dieters, Deiters, Dietherr, Deeter, Deter, Deters, Teter, Teters, Dieterlen, Dietherle, Dietert and many more.

First found in Pomerania, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. The five sons Peter Deterde (also spelt Dithers) were granted the feudal property of Grapow by the Duke Bolislav in 1514.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Teeter research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1412, 1450, and 1463 are included under the topic Early Teeter History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 22 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Teeter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Christian Dieter, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856; Georg Dieter arrived in Philadelphia in 1729; Hendrick Dieter settled in New York state in 1744.

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  • Willis L. Teeter, American co-founder of Harris Teeter, a chain of supermarkets in Matthews, North Carolina in 1936
  • Lara Teeter (b. 1955), American dancer, actor, singer, theatre director and college professor
  • Karl van Duyn Teeter (1929-2007), American ling Uist who developed Teeter's law
  • Robert M. Teeter (1939-2004), American Republican pollster and political campaign strategist
  • Lawrence Teeter (1949-2005), American lawyer, best known for defending Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy
  • Michael Lee "Mike" Teeter (b. 1967), former professional American NFL football defensive lineman


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  • Chronicles of the Mountz-Teeters and Allied Families by Margaret Mountz Carroll.
  • Teter Descendants of Hans Jorg and Maria Dieter by Eva A.Teter Winfield.
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  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  5. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  6. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  7. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  10. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
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The Teeter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Teeter Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 19 April 2015 at 12:05.

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