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Cutshaw is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from a baptismal name meaning the son of Cuthbert.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Cutshaw has been recorded under many different variations, including Cutts, Cutt, Cut, Cuts, Cuttes, Cutte and others.

First found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cutshaw research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1516, 1613, 1681, 1646, 1st , 1634, 1670, 1646, 1604, 1640, 1st , 1661 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Cutshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 173 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cutshaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Cutshaw or a variant listed above: Richard Cutt who settled in Portsmouth New Hampshire in 1630; Roger Cutts settled in Virginia in 1635.

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  • Wilfred Emory Cutshaw (1838-1907), American colonel in the Confederate Army and later city engineer for Richmond, Virginia for 34 years, elected member of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1891
  • George William Cutshaw (b. 1887), American Major League Baseball second baseman who played from 1912 to 1923
  • Mary Ruth Cutshaw, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1996


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The Cutshaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cutshaw Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 19 November 2015 at 08:04.

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