Vatter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished German surname Vatter 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.

Early Origins of the Vatter family

The surname Vatter 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.

Early History of the Vatter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vatter research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1680, 1712, 1749, 1757, 1771, 1790, 1793, 1826, and 1866 are included under the topic Early Vatter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vatter Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Vatter family (pre 1700)

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


United States Vatter migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vatter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joh Henrich Vatter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744 [1]
  • Christian Vatter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]
  • Jacob Vatter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]
Vatter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Balthasar Vatter, who landed in New York in 1849 [1]
  • Joh Melchior Vatter, who landed in America in 1852 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Vatter (post 1700) +

  • William Joseph Vatter (1905-1990), American accounting scholar and professor of accounting at the University of Chicago and at the University of California-Berkeley
  • Javier Vatter (b. 1990), Argentine footballer


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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