The surname Rutherforth was first used by the descendants of a Boernician
family of ancient Scotland
. They lived in the Parish of Maxton, where Rutherford was a town, near Roxburghshire
. The toponym Rutherford is derived from the Old English words hryder
and ford, a shallow part of a river.
Early Origins of the Rutherforth family
The surname Rutherforth was first found in the Parish of Maxton, town of Rutherford, county Roxburghshire
. The first bearers of Rutherforth on record were two knights: Gregory and Nicholas de Rutherford who were listed in the reigns of William the Lion and Alexander II. About the same time, Sir Richard, lord of Rotherford was listed as was William de Rwthirford, a cleric who witnessed a charter by Henry de Grahame. Nicholas de Rothirford, knight, rendered homage to King Edward I
at Montrose in 1296, as did Margarete la fielle Nicol de Rotherforde who also rendered homage for her lands. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early History of the Rutherforth family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rutherforth research.Another 284 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1200, 1215, 1249, 1285, 1296, 1361, 1411, 1413, 1451, 1493, 1448, 1580, 1600, 1661, 1600, 1664, 1600, 1661, 1577, 1506, 1582, 1552, 1695, 1779 and are included under the topic Early Rutherforth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rutherforth Spelling Variations
A lack of rules and the tendency of scribes to spell according to the sound of the word plagued medieval spelling. Not surprisingly, an enormous number of spelling variations
appeared. Rutherforth has been written Rudfard, Ruterford, Rudforde, Rudfithy, Rudforthy, Rudforthe, Rudfith, Rudforth, Rudfearde, Rudfarte, Rudfarde, Rudferd, Rutherfard, Rudfart, Rutherfart, Ruddefork, Ruddeforde, Ruddeford, Ruddefithy and many more.
Early Notables of the Rutherforth family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661), Scottish principal of St. Mary's College, St. Andrews, born about 1600 in the parish of Nisbet, now part of Crailing, Roxburghshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
Andrew Rutherford (d. 1664), was a Scottish soldier of fortune, created 1st and only Earl of Teviot... Another 96 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rutherforth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rutherforth family to Ireland
Some of the Rutherforth family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rutherforth family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots crossed the Atlantic for North America hoping to escape poverty, as well as persecution. Much of their heritage was lost along the way and overtime. This century, however, Clan
societies and highland games have allowed many ancestral Scots to recover their birthright. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Rutherforth arrived in North America very early: Henry Rutherford, who arrived in Connecticut in 1641; Gaven Rutherford, who came to Maryland in 1670; Dennis Rutherford, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.
Contemporary Notables of the name Rutherforth (post 1700)
- Thomas Rutherforth (1712-1771), English Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge, was the son of Thomas Rutherforth, rector of Papworth Everard, Cambridgeshire
The Rutherforth Motto
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: Nec sorte, nec fato
Motto Translation: Neither by chance nor destiny.
Rutherforth Family Crest Products
- ^ 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)
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print