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Etter Coat of Arms / Etter Family Crest

Etter Coat of Arms / Etter Family Crest

The surname ETTER was a baptismal name 'the son of Etard' which was the French form of Eldhart, a name meaning 'one who was rich', it was a favourite girl's font name in early times. The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Early records of the name mention Edguinis Atre who was recorded in the year 1100 in County Northumberland. Edwin Etter appears in the year 1333 in County Derbyshire. Johaness Ettesone of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Although this feminine font name is now obsolete, it has made a most remarkable impression on our English directories. It lingered into the 17th century as a personal name, and every imaginable variant of the name is found including Eter, Atter, Ettor, Eddie, Eddis, Edds, Eddison, Eade and Edeson. French, or rather Norman French, was the language of the aristocracy and the upper classes in England at the time fixed surnames were being developed, it is therefore not surprising that many of our well-known family names are derived from French words. Originally only Christian or personal names were used, and although a few came into being during the 10th century, surnames were not widely used until much later, when people began to realize the prestige of having a second name. America was colonized by peoples from all over the world in a very short period of time, and mostly, in the case of French immigrants they have stayed together in Louisiana. Of the early immigrants to America the French have fared the worst in respect of their names, chiefly because of the difficulties experienced by the Americans in pronouncing them correctly. Many have been translated into English names. Other records of the name include Richard Eyddes and Johannes Edley who were married in London in 1533, and Herbert Eedes registered at Oxford University in the year 1606. Edmund Eade was the rector of Ovington, County Norfolk in the year 1632. Family names are a fashion we have inherited from the times of the Crusades in Europe, when knights identified one another by adding their place of birth to their first or Christian names. With so many knights, this was a very practical step. In the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries the nobles and upper classes, particularly those descended from the knights of the Crusades, recognised the prestige an extra name afforded them, and added the surname to the simple name given to them at birth.

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