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The ancient and distinguished German surname Vater is derived from the High German "vater," meaning "father." It is likely that the name was originally bestowed as a nickname on someone who acted as a counselor or elder within an extended family or community. Alternatively, the name "Vader" was often used to refer to a clergyman or to a male attendant in a hospital; thus, the progenitor of the name may have been one who held such an occupation.

Vater Early Origins



The surname Vater was first found in Bavaria, where the name Vatersheim was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

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Vater Spelling Variations


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Vater Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Vatersheim, Vater, Vaterweis, Feuerstein, Waterstein, Waterscheim, Watersheim, Fater, Fader and many more.

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Vater Early History


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Vater Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vater research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1680, 1712, 1749, 1757, 1771, 1790, 1793, 1826, and 1866 are included under the topic Early Vater History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Vater Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Vater Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vater Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vater Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henrig Michel Vater, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Paulus Vater, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1742

Vater Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Friedrich Vater, who sailed from Hamburg to New York in 1851

Vater Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Christian Vater, a mercenary from Anhalt-Zerbst who settled in Québec after fighting in the American Revolution

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Contemporary Notables of the name Vater (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Vater (post 1700)



  • Thomas J. Vater (b. 1827), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1869
  • John J. Vater, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1940

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    3. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    4. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    8. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Vater Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vater 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 10 November 2015 at 10:50.

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