Yetter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1]

Early Origins of the Yetter family

The surname Yetter was first found in Gloucestershire. Old Hutton in Westmorland was another family seat. "Hood-Ridding, an ancient mansion, has belonged for more than two centuries to the family of Yates." [2]

Early History of the Yetter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yetter research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1575, 1582, 1630, 1865, 1939 and are included under the topic Early Yetter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Yetter Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Yetter family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was James Yates ( fl. 1582), English poet who described himself in the dedication of his only known volume as a 'serving man.' He is presumed to have originated...
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Ireland Migration of the Yetter family to Ireland

Some of the Yetter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Yetter migration to the United States +

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 [3]
  • John Yetter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [3]
  • Ludwic Yetter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [3]
Yetter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Augustus Stephan Yetter, who landed in Colorado in 1906 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Yetter (post 1700) +

  • Van D. Yetter Jr., American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Monroe County, 1952 [4]
  • John Yetter McCollister (1921-2013), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska's 2nd district (1971-1977)
  • Donald Yetter Gardner (1913-2004), American music teacher who wrote the classic Christmas song "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth"

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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