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Where did the English Yetter family come from? What is the English Yetter family crest and coat of arms? When did the Yetter family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Yetter family history?

Yetter is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a gatekeeper. The name was originally derived from the Old English word geat, meaning gate. It was also sometimes applied to people who lived near a prominent gate.


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Yates, Yate, Yeats and others.

First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from early times, after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yetter research. Another 234 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1250 and 1575 are included under the topic Early Yetter History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Yetter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Yetter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Yetter or a variant listed above:

Yetter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Yetter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1747
  • John Yetter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Ludwic Yetter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Yetter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Augustus Stephan Yetter, who landed in Colorado in 1906


  • Van D. Yetter Jr., American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Monroe County, 1952


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