Show ContentsTeter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Teter family

The surname Teter was 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.

Early History of the Teter family

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Teter Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Dieter, Deiter, Dieters, Deiters, Dietherr, Deeter, Deter, Deters, Teter, Teters, Dieterlen, Dietherle, Dietert and many more.

Early Notables of the Teter family

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Teter Ranking

In the United States, the name Teter is the 8,688th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Teter migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Teter or a variant listed above:

Teter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Catha Teter, aged 1, who landed in America from Fronk, in 1899
Teter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Adam Teter, aged 40, who settled in America from Hamberg, Hungary, in 1904
  • Andrzej Teter, aged 41, who immigrated to the United States from Dwikozy, Russia, in 1909
  • Franz Teter, aged 39, who landed in America from B Baden, Germany, in 1912
  • Gizella Teter, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Salgoyaryan, Hungary, in 1913
  • Clara L. Teter, aged 46, who immigrated to America, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Teter (post 1700) +

  • Nicole Teter (1973-2002), American gold medalist middle distance runner at the 2002 U.S. Outdoor Championships
  • Hannah Teter (b. 1987), American Olympic gold medalist snowboarder [2]

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Hannah Teter. (Retrieved 2011, July 19) Hannah Teter. Retrieved from on Facebook