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The name Wolter reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is based on the Germanic personal name Walter. The name is composed of the elements wald, meaning rule and heri, meaning army.

Wolter Early Origins



The surname Wolter was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat from early times as Lords of the manor or Crowhurst. Hubert Walter (c.1160-1205) was Archbishop of Canterbury, and Lord Chancellor. Weeton in Lancashire was an early home of the family. "This place, in Domesday Book called Widetun, was early in the family of Walter." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
"The church [of Woolvercott in Lancashire], situated on the bank of the Isis, has a sepulchral chapel on the north side, containing a stately monument to the family of Walter, of whom David Walter was High Sheriff of the county, and commanded a regiment of horse under Charles I. in the parliamentary war." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
About the same time, Greenalgh with Thistleton, again in Lancashire was home to another branch of the family. It was here that the manor of Greenalgh-cum-Thistleton was held in the reign of Charles I. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Wolter Spelling Variations


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Wolter Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Wolter has been recorded under many different variations, including Walter, Walters, Watter, Watters, Walthew, Wattis and others.

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Wolter Early History


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Wolter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wolter research. Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1847, 1611, 1678, 1566, 1630, 1604, 1675, 1628, 1629 and are included under the topic Early Wolter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wolter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wolter Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Walter (1611-1678?), a Welsh Anglican priest who became a Puritan; Sir John Walter (1566-1630), an English judge and Member...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wolter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wolter In Ireland


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Wolter In Ireland



Some of the Wolter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Wolters were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Wolter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Wolter, who settled in America in 1709
  • Adam Wolter, who landed in New York in 1709
  • John Wolter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1786

Wolter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Maria Elisabeth Wolter, aged 39, arrived in America in 1843
  • Angela Wolter, who came to America in 1844
  • Friderike Wolter, who arrived in America in 1844
  • Elis Wolter, who arrived in America in 1845
  • Nicolaus Wolter, aged 28, arrived in New York, NY in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wolter Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • August Wolter, aged 24, arrived in Quebec in 1868

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wolter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wolter (post 1700)



  • Sherilyn Marjorie Wolter (b. 1951), American actress, best known for her starring role on B. J. and the Bear in 1981
  • Harry Meiggs Wolter (1884-1970), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1907 through 1917
  • Adolph Gustav Wolter van R Wolter (1903-1980), was German-born American sculptor, educator, and carver
  • Karl Wolter (1894-1959), German international footballer
  • Charlotte Wolter (1834-1897), Austrian actress from Cologne
  • Birthe Wolter (b. 1981), German actress
  • Maurus Wolter (1825-1890), first abbot and co-founder of the Benedictine Beuron Archabbey, Germany
  • Horst Wolter (b. 1942), German international football player who played 1963 through 1977, member of the National Team (1967-1970)
  • Michel Wolter (b. 1962), Luxembourg politician, President of the FLT (1987–1994)
  • Ralf Wolter (b. 1926), German actor who has appeared in almost 220 films and TV-series
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Wolter Historic Events


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Wolter Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mrs. Agnes Wolter (1884-1914), née Liston English Second Class Passenger from London, England, United Kingdom who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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