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

The ancient Scottish name Suitt is rooted in the people of the Pictish clans. Suitt was a name for a cobbler. The name is derived from the Old English word soutere, which in turn comes from the Old Norse word sutare, which means shoemaker or cobbler.

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In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Suitt has been spelled Souter, Suter, Sutar, Souttar, Soutar, Sutter, Shuter and many more.

First found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, where Colin, son of Angus Souter, held lands in 1264.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Suitt research. Another 194 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1375, 1422, 1438, and 1663 are included under the topic Early Suitt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Suitt:

Suitt Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Suitt, who arrived in Maryland in 1676

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