Auchterlonie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Auchterlonie family inherits a name that was first used by the Scottish tribe known as the Picts. The first family to use the name Auchterlonie lived in Auchterlonie, near Forfar, in the county of Angus where the family dates back to the 12th century. [1]

Early Origins of the Auchterlonie family

The surname Auchterlonie was first found in Forfarshire part of the Tayside region of North Eastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, where they were anciently an old family of Angus seated on the lands of Auchterlonie near Forfar from about the year 1200. The first on record was John Auchterlonie who exchanged his lands for his son's lands of Kenny, later Kelly, in 1226. [1]

The Swedish family claims descent from Sea Captain Thomas Ouchterlony (1691-1777), son of Alexander Ouchterlony (ca. 1655-1735), merchant in Dundee and grandson of John Ouchterlony (1623-1695), minister in Aberlemno , Angus, Scotland, who served in the Swedish East India Company (1733 to ca.1748.) He settled in Karlshamn in 1748 and worked as a sea captain there until 1759 when he returned to Great Britain. Thomas' son, John Ouchterlony (1729-1776) sailed with his father to Karlshamn in 1748 and married Maria Margareta Hulst there.

Early History of the Auchterlonie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Auchterlonie research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1388, 1410, 1430, 1457, 1514, 1518, 1643, 1648, 1661, 1663 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Auchterlonie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Auchterlonie Spelling Variations

Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Auchterlonie has appeared Auchterlonie, Auchterlony, Ochterlonie, Ochterlony, Ouchterlony, Ochterlonee, Aughterlony, Aughterloney, Aughterlonie, Auchterlowney, Auchterlownie, Achterlonie, Achterlony, Oughterlonie and many more.

Early Notables of the Auchterlonie family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Auchterlonie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Auchterlonie family

Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Auchterlonie: John Auchterlony who settled in Maryland in 1740.


Contemporary Notables of the name Auchterlonie (post 1700) +

  • Lawrence "Laurie" Auchterlonie (1868-1948), Scottish professional golfer
  • William "Willie" Auchterlonie (1872-1963), Scottish golf club maker
  • Dorothy Auchterlonie (1915-1991), English-born Australian academic, literary critic and poet


The Auchterlonie 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: Deus mihi adjutor
Motto Translation: God is my helper.


  1. ^ 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)


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