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The ancient and distinguished German surname Vaters 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.

Vaters Early Origins



The surname Vaters 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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Vaters Spelling Variations


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Vaters 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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Vaters Early History


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Vaters Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vaters 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 Vaters History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Vaters Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Vaters Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Paulus Vater, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1742; Christian Vater, a mercenary from Anhalt-Zerbst who settled in Québec after fighting in the American Revolution, Andrew Fader, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1843.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Vaters (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Vaters (post 1700)



  • Douglas P. Vaters, American producer, director and writer, known for his work on Eye Can Hear You (2011), Spy Net (2013) and What They Seem?(2011)
  • Alberts Vaters (b. 1928), Latvian football forward and midfielder

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    10. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
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    The Vaters Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vaters 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 1 December 2013 at 08:16.

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