This surname HEATER was an English topographic name for someone who lived at the top of a hill or on a piece of raised land. The name was derived from the Middle English word HEAH. The earliest hereditary surnames in England are found shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and are of Norman French origin rather than native English. On the arrival of the Normans they identified themselves by references to the estates from which they came from in northern France. These names moved rapidly on with their bearers into Scotland and Ireland. Others of the Norman Invaders took names from the estates in England which they had newly acquired. The name is also spelt HEYT, HAYTER, HAYTOR and HEATTER. Early records of the name mention Henry de la Heyt, who was recorded in 1275 in County Derbyshire, and Robert atte Heyte, appears in County Oxford in the year 1279. William Hight of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Elizabeth, daughter of John Heyt was baptised at Stourton, County Wiltshire, in the year 1687. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. Among the humbler classes of European society, and especially among illiterate people, individuals were willing to accept the mistakes of officials, clerks and priests as officially bestowing a new version of their surname, just as they had meekly accepted the surname they had been born with. In North America, the linguistic problems confronting immigration officials at Ellis Island in the 19th century were legendary as a prolific source of Anglicization. Translation of arms: Argent (white) means Peace and Sincerity, the Fleur-de-lis is a three leaved flower which was highly regarded as an emblem of loyalty, and sable (black) was the sable-fur.
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