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

Sutton is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Sutton family lived in Somerset, at Sutton Montague.


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. Sutton has been recorded under many different variations, including Sutton, Suton, Suttone and others.

First found in Nottinghamshire where they were descended from Dreu de Montaigu who came into England at the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. in the train of the Count of Mortain. His first seat was at Sutton Montague in Somerset, and the family later acquired Sutton upon Trent near Tuxford in Nottingham, where they became Lords of the manor and the Barons Dudley.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sutton research. Another 195 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1414, 1381, 1382, 1383, 1384, 1385, 1386, 1388, 1391, 1394, 1397, 1399, 1400, 1487, 1428, 1440, 1487, 1425, 1483, 1460, 1532, 1380, 1406, 1310, 1359, 1342, 1397, 1406, 1401, 1594, 1668, 1625 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Sutton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 429 words(31 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sutton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Sutton 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.


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. Suttons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Sutton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicholas Sutton, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Symon Sutton, who landed in New England in 1634
  • Geo Sutton, who arrived in New England in 1634
  • George Sutton, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Ellin Sutton, aged 20, landed in Virginia in 1635

Sutton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Jno Sutton, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Timo Sutton, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Richard Sutton settled in Torbay in 1709
  • Alexr Sutton, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Alexander Sutton, who landed in Virginia in 1717

Sutton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Sutton, who landed in America in 1810
  • Michael Sutton, who arrived in New York in 1811
  • Demold Sutton, aged 59, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • John Sutton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • D Sutton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


  • Walter Stanborough Sutton (1877-1916), American physician and geneticist
  • Percy Ellis Sutton (b. 1920), American activist, businessman, lawyer, and politician
  • Donald Howard Sutton (b. 1945), American Major League Hall of Fame baseball player
  • Chloe Sutton (b. 1992), American three-time gold medalist swimmer
  • Mr. Frederick Sutton (d. 1912), aged 61, American First Class passenger from Haddonfield, New Jersey who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Denys Sutton (1917-1991), English editor, and art critic
  • Chris Sutton (b. 1973), English footballer
  • James Robert "Jim" Sutton CNZM (b. 1941), English-born, New Zealand politician from 19841990 and from 19932006
  • Ritchie Sutton (b. 1986), English footballer
  • Sir Frederick Sutton, Chairman of the Sutton Group



  • The Fruit of This Tree by Dorothy Sutton Nicolaysen.
  • History of our Moyer, Finn, Sutton, Russell & Related Families by William Finn Moyer.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pour y parvenir
Motto Translation: To accomplish it.


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