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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.

Vatter Early Origins



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.

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Vatter Spelling Variations


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Vatter 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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Vatter Early History


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Vatter Early History



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

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Vatter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Vatter Early Notables (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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Christian Vatter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1775
  • Jacob Vatter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1775

Vatter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Balthasar Vatter, who landed in New York in 1849
  • Joh Melchior Vatter, who landed in America in 1852

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Contemporary Notables of the name Vatter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Vatter (post 1700)




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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    3. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    5. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    6. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    7. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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    The Vatter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vatter 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 September 2014 at 07:51.

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