Show ContentsClutter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Clutter emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la or de le, which mean of the or from the. The Clutter family originally lived in a place called Cloerterbooke or Cloerterbook in Flanders, which has since been lost to the map. The name is a "a Flemish refugee name; a Thomas Cloerterbooke was Sheriff of Gloucestershire in 1586." [1]

Early Origins of the Clutter family

The surname Clutter was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from early times, approximately the 1400's and granted land there.

Early History of the Clutter family

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Clutter Spelling Variations

Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Clutterbuck, Clitterbuck, Clutterbook and many more.

Early Notables of the Clutter family (pre 1700)

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Clutter Ranking

In the United States, the name Clutter is the 13,832nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Clutter migration to the United States +

The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Clutter:

Clutter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Christopher Clutter, aged 36, who immigrated to America, in 1910
  • Cristopher W. Clutter, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1912
  • John W. Clutter, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States, in 1915
  • Bradford F. Clutter, aged 38, who landed in America from Hoboken, in 1918

Contemporary Notables of the name Clutter (post 1700) +

  • George W. Clutter, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Wheeling, Virginia, 1849 [3]

  1. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook