Show ContentsCuthbertson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The age-old tribe of the Strathclyde Britons of the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first people to use the name Cuthbertson. It is derived from an Old English personal name meaning bright champion.

Early Origins of the Cuthbertson family

The surname Cuthbertson 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 Cuthbertson family

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Cuthbertson Spelling Variations

In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Cuthbertson has appeared as Cuthbert, Cudbert, Cuthberd, Cudberd, Cuthburst, Cuthburt, Cudburt and many more.

Early Notables of the Cuthbertson family (pre 1700)

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Cuthbertson Ranking

In the United States, the name Cuthbertson is the 8,842nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Cuthbertson family to Ireland

Some of the Cuthbertson 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 Cuthbertson migration to the United States +

The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them:

Cuthbertson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Cuthbert Cuthbertson, who sailed in the "Ann" and landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621
  • Cuthbert Cuthbertson, who landed in Massachusetts in 1623 [4]
Cuthbertson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Cuthbertson, who landed in Delaware in 1751 [4]
  • William Lewen Cuthbertson, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [4]
  • John Cuthbertson, who settled in New England in 1761
  • Ralph Cuthbertson, who landed in America in 1795-1798 [4]
Cuthbertson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Cuthbertson, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1813
  • James Cuthbertson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [4]
  • Daniel Cuthbertson, who landed in New York, NY in 1841 [4]

Canada Cuthbertson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cuthbertson Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Miss M Cuthbertson, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

New Zealand Cuthbertson 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:

Cuthbertson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Hugh Cuthbertson, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th October 1861 [5]
  • Mrs. Cuthbertson, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th October 1861 [5]
  • George Cuthbertson, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875 [6]
  • J. James Cuthbertson, aged 24, a ploughman, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Mary Cuthbertson, aged 17, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

West Indies Cuthbertson migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [7]
Cuthbertson Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • William Cuthbertson, who arrived in Jamaica in 1761

Contemporary Notables of the name Cuthbertson (post 1700) +

  • John Cuthbertson FRSE (1859-1933), Scottish teacher in the fields of both mining and agriculture, father of David Paton Cuthbertson
  • James Lister Cuthbertson (1851-1910), Scottish-born, Australian poet and schoolteacher
  • Sir David Paton Cuthbertson (1900-1989), Scottish biochemist and nutritionist from Kilmarnock
  • Iain Cuthbertson (1930-2009), Scottish character actor, Rector of the University of Aberdeen (1975 to 1978)
  • Catherine Cuthbertson (1775-1842), English novelist in London, known for her works Romance of the Pyrenees (1803), Forest of Montalbano (1810) and The Countercharm (1813)
  • George Cuthbertson (1898-1969), Canadian artist, researcher and author from Toronto
  • Allan Cuthbertson (1920-1988), Australian actor, best known for his roles in The Guns of Navarone (1961) and Room at the Top (1959)
  • William Cuthbertson (b. 1902), British bronze medalist flyweight boxer at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • John Cuthbertson (1834-1882), New Zealand politician in Parliament (1873 to 1875), Mayor of Invercargill (1876 to 1877)
  • Adam Cuthbertson (b. 1985), Australian rugby league player

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. James Cuthbertson, British Engine Room Artificer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [8]

The Cuthbertson 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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
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  6. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  8. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook