The ancient roots of the Rutterfurd family are found in the Scottish-English border region where the ancestors of the name Rutterfurd lived among the people of the Boernician
tribe. The Rutterfurd family 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 Rutterfurd family
The surname Rutterfurd was first found in the Parish of Maxton, town of Rutherford, county Roxburghshire
. The first bearers of Rutterfurd 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 Rutterfurd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rutterfurd 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 Rutterfurd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rutterfurd Spelling Variations
Since medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, and since there were no consistent rules for the translation of rules from Gaelic to English, spelling variations
are extremely common in Boernician
names of this vintage. Rutterfurd has been spelled 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 Rutterfurd 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 Rutterfurd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rutterfurd family to Ireland
Some of the Rutterfurd family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Rutterfurd family to the New World and Oceana
Many of the Boernician-Scottish families who crossed the Atlantic settled along the eastern seaboard in communities that would become the backbone of the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. In the War of Independence
, American families that remained loyal to the Crown moved north into Canada and became known as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestral culture of all of these proud Scottish families remains alive in North America in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Rutterfurd or a variant listed above: Henry Rutherford, who arrived in Connecticut in 1641; Gaven Rutherford, who came to Maryland in 1670; Dennis Rutherford, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.
The Rutterfurd 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.
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- ^ 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