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Medieval Austria is the ancient homeland of the Vetter family. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 B C. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.

Vetter Early Origins



The surname Vetter was first found in Bavaria, where the name, historically associated with the landed aristocracy, could be considered to have played a major role in the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which took part in the tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. The main branch of the family left Bavaria for Styria in Austria in 1587 and later moved into Silesia where they became one of the most respected families. The ancestral seat was the castle and estates of Feistritz, near the city Cilley, two miles from Graz in Styria. The family also acquired the castle and manor Miestitz near Oppeln in Silesia.

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Vetter Spelling Variations


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Vetter Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Vetter include Vetter, Voetter (Bavaria), Votter (Bavaria), Vetters, Vetterle, Voetterl, Vetterling, Vetterlein, Vetterley, Vetterline, Vedder (northern Germany), Vett, Veth, Vether, Fett, Fetter, Fetters, Fetterle and many more.

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Vetter Early History


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Vetter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vetter research. Another 497 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1653, 1822, 1547, 1622, 1666 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Vetter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Vetter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Vetter Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vetter 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



Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Vetter or a variant listed above:

Vetter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Georg Vetter, who came to Philadelphia in 1729
  • David Vetter arrived in Philadelphia in 1731
  • David Vetter, aged 21, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Lucks Vetter, aged 55, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Margerita Vetter, aged 18, landed in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Vetter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Martin Vetter, who landed in America in 1807
  • Lucas Vetter and his family, Margerita Vetter, and Sophia Vetter
  • Philipp Vetter, who landed in America in 1832
  • Louis Vetter, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Joh Victor Vetter, who landed in Texas in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Vetter Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Lucas Vetter U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Vetter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Vetter (post 1700)



  • Craig Vetter (b. 1942), American entrepreneur and motorcycle designer, inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999
  • Cyril Vetter, American songwriter, best known for the popular song "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" co-written with Don Smith
  • Fred William Vetter Jr. (1921-2002), Brigadier General in the United States Air Force
  • Jessica "Jessie" Vetter (b. 1985), American member of the United States women's national ice hockey team, recipient of four gold medals and three silver medals
  • William Paul Vetter, American politician, Mayor of Coronado, California, 1968-70
  • V. Stephen Vetter, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 8th District, 1988
  • Erwin F. Vetter, American Republican politician, Chair of St. Louis County Republican Party, 1949
  • Earl R. Vetter, American Republican politician, Chair of Warren County Republican Party, 1939-42
  • Ann Vetter, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1948 (alternate), 1952 (alternate), 1956
  • Alfred Vetter (1923-1984), German Leutnant in the Kriegsmarine during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  4. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  5. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  6. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  9. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  10. 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).
  11. ...

The Vetter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vetter 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.

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