Cuthbert History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the Scottish/English Borderlands, the Strathclyde Britons were the first to use the name Cuthbert. It is derived from an Old English personal name meaning bright champion.

Early Origins of the Cuthbert family

The surname Cuthbert was first found in Kirkcudbrightshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Chille Chuithbheirt), part of the present day Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, former county in Southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. They were descended from Saint Cuthbert of Landisfarne (d. 687) in Northumberland. The name Kirkcudbright literally means "Cuthbert's Church."

"St. Cuthbert, according to the legends of the times, was born of British parents in Cumberland, about the year 600. As Cuthbert advanced in years, he became such a distinguished character, that he was raised to the dignity of abbot in the abbey of Landisferne. Of his miracles and exploits many marvellous tales are recorded; and even after his death his relics are said to have retained miraculous virtues; and to their accidental touch is ascribed the healing power which the holy well in this parish is presumed to possess." [1]

Cuthbert (d. 758), was Archbishop of Canterbury, said to have been of noble parentage, first appears as abbot of Liminge in Kent. [2]

Early History of the Cuthbert family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cuthbert research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1466, 1640, 1778 and are included under the topic Early Cuthbert History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cuthbert Spelling Variations

Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Cuthbert has been spelled Cuthbert, Cudbert, Cuthberd, Cudberd, Cuthburst, Cuthburt, Cudburt and many more.

Early Notables of the Cuthbert family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Cuthbert family to Ireland

Some of the Cuthbert family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Cuthbert migration to the United States +

The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

Cuthbert Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Alexander Cuthbert and his daughter Elizabeth settled in Barbados in 1678
Cuthbert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joe Cuthbert, who settled in Georgia in 1735
  • John Cuthbert, who landed in Georgia in 1735 [3]
  • George Cuthbert, who arrived in Georgia in 1765 [3]
  • James Cuthbert, who landed in Georgia in 1770 [3]
  • David Cuthbert, aged 19, who landed in Maryland in 1774 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Cuthbert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Cuthbert, aged 40, who landed in New York in 1802 [3]
  • Fanny Cuthbert, aged 12, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [3]
  • George, Ann, Joseph and Fanny Cuthbert, who arrived in New York State in 1804
  • Ann Cuthbert, aged 13, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [3]
  • William Cuthbert, who landed in America in 1806 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Cuthbert migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cuthbert Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Jason Cuthbert U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [4]

Australia Cuthbert migration to Australia +

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

Cuthbert Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Cuthbert, British Convict who was convicted in Northhampton, Northamptonshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Caledonia" on 5th July 1820, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • William Cuthbert, a tailor, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Miss Esther Cuthbert, English convict who was convicted in Southampton, Hampshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Buffalo" on 4th May 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mary Ann Cuthbert, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ganges" in 1839 [7]
  • John Cuthbert, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Cuthbert 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:

Cuthbert Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Cuthbert, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Bee" arriving in New Zealand in 1833 [9]
  • Mrs. Cuthbert, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Bee" arriving in New Zealand in 1833 [9]
  • Charles William Cuthbert, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • Mr. Jacob Cuthbert, British settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [10]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Cuthbert née Lynch, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cuthbert (post 1700) +

  • Edgar Edward "Ned" Cuthbert (1845-1905), American professional baseball player
  • John Alfred Cuthbert (1788-1881), American politician, soldier and lawyer
  • Kevin Cuthbert (b. 1982), Scottish goalkeeper
  • Scott Cuthbert (b. 1987), Scottish professional footballer
  • Elizabeth Alyse "Betty" Cuthbert AM MBE (1938-2017), Australian athlete, four-time Olympic champion, inducted as a Legend in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Athletics Australia Hall of Fame in 2000
  • Alan William Cuthbert FRS FBPhS FMedSci (1932-2016), British pharmacologist, Fellow of University College London, Master of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (1999–2005)
  • Elisha Ann Cuthbert (1982-2012), Canadian film and television actress, known for her role as Kim Bauer on the hit series 24
  • Vice Admiral Sir John John Wilson Cuthbert KBE CB DL (1902-1987), Royal Navy officer, Flag Officer of Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Major-General Gerald James Cuthbert CB, CMG (1861-1931), British Army officer
  • Alex Cuthbert (b. 1990), Wales international rugby union player
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Albert T Cuthbert (b. 1916), English Corporal serving for the Royal Marine from Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]


The Cuthbert 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 minus fortiter
Motto Translation: Not less bravely.


  1. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/caledonia
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/buffalo
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GANGES 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Ganges.gif
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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