Show ContentsChute History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Chute family had a variety of origins as variations of the name had several meanings in ancient England. The name could have meant "dweller at a Shoot or Shut, i.e. a narrow lane or avenue" from the Old English words "shoot" or "shut" or it could have been a name for an "archer" from the Old English word "scytta" and finally, it could have been a nickname for someone who was "quick" or "ready" from the Old English word "sceot." [1]

But the more likely origin of the name was as a local name from either Devon or Wiltshire.

Early Origins of the Chute family

The surname Chute was first found in Wiltshire at Chute, a civil parish that includes the village of Upper Chute and the smaller settlements of Lower Chute, Chute Standen, Chute Cadley and Chute Forest.

Alternatively the name could have originated from Shute, a parish, in the union of Axminster, hundred of Colyton in Devon. This place name dates back to c. 1200 when it was listed as Schieta and literally meant "the corner or angle of land." [2] The Old Shute House located nearby is now an impressive edifice that dates back to a simple building built in 1380. It is currently held by the National Trust. "The Shutes of Gillingham bear the name of an old Devonshire family and of a Devonshire parish." [3]

To confuse matters more, another source claims the family came from "the castle of Shute, in Normandy, France." [4]

Somerset was a stronghold of the family in early years as Kirby's Quest listed: Robert atte Shoete; Simon atte Sheote; William atte Shote; and Walter atte Shotte, Somerset as all residing there "1 Edward III," or in other words "during the first year's reign of King Edward III." [5]

Early History of the Chute family

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Chute Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shute, Chute, Chewte, Shutes and others.

Early Notables of the Chute family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Philip Chute or Chowte (c. 1506-1567), of Horne Place, Appledore, Kent, an English politician, Member of Parliament for Winchelsea 1542 and 1545; Sir Robert Chute, Justice of the Queen's Bench, 1584; Anthony Chute (fl. 1590s; died 1595), an Elizabethan poet and pamphleteer; John Shute (d. 1563), an English artist and architect; Josias Shute (also Josiah) (1588-1643), an English churchman, rector of St Mary Woolnoth in London, Archdeacon of Colchester, and...
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Chute Ranking

In the United States, the name Chute is the 12,662nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Chute family to Ireland

Some of the Chute family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Chute migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chute Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Lionel Chute, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1645 [7]
Chute Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Chute, who landed in New England in 1700 [7]
Chute Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Angus Chute, aged 31, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [7]

Australia Chute migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Chute Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Chute, aged 24, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"

New Zealand Chute migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Chute Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Chute, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tamar" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 28th January 1858 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Chute (post 1700) +

  • Dr. Christopher G. Chute M.D., American physician-scientist and biomedical informatician known for biomedical terminologies
  • Carolyn Chute (b. 1947), born Carolyn Penny, an American writer and populist political activist
  • Hillary Chute (b. 1976), American literary scholar and an expert on comics and graphic narratives
  • T. Frank Chute, American politician, Farmer-Labor Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 6th District, 1922 [9]
  • Lyman Wallace Chute, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Buenos Aires, 1895-99 [9]
  • Daniel Chute, American politician, Postmaster at Evansville, Indiana, 1841-45 [9]
  • Charlotte H. Chute, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1948 [9]
  • James Macready Chute (1856-1912), English father of Desmond Macready Chute
  • Desmond Macready Chute (1895-1962), English poet and artist
  • Robert Chute (b. 1963), English professional footballer
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Chute 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: Fortune de guerre
Motto Translation: The fortune of war.

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  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  5. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook