Duthie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Duthie family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The name Duthie is derived from the Gaelic Mac Gillean Dubhthaigh. "The name may commemorate S. Dubhthach of Tain. It is a shortened Anglicization of MacGille Dubhthaigh 'son of the servant of Dubhthach.' The Gaelic name of Tain is Baile Dhubhthaich, 'Dubhthach's town.' " [1]

Early Origins of the Duthie family

The surname Duthie was first found in Kincardineshire (Gaelic: A' Mhaoirne), a former county on the northeast coast of the Grampian region of Scotland, and part of the Aberdeenshire Council Area since 1996, where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Duthie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duthie research. Another 264 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1492, 1500, 1598, 1612, 1744 and 1773 are included under the topic Early Duthie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Duthie Spelling Variations

The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Duthie has been spelled Duthie, Duthe, Duthey, Duthy, Dutthy, Dutthie, Dutthe and many more.

Early Notables of the Duthie family (pre 1700)

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United States Duthie migration to the United States +

The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Duthie:

Duthie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Duthie who settled in Pennsylvania in 1750
Duthie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Helen Duthie, who arrived in Buffalo, NY in 1847 [2]

Australia Duthie migration to Australia +

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

Duthie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • David Duthie, aged 28, a mason, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Joseph Rowan" [3]
  • John Duthie, aged 27, a sawyer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora" [4]

New Zealand Duthie 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:

Duthie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Alex Duthie, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Alexander Duthie, aged 25, a farm labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • A. Duthie, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 17th March 1841 [5]
  • Mr. Duthie, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 16th April 1857 [5]
  • Mrs. Duthie, British settler travelling from London with 7 children aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 16th April 1857 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Duthie (post 1700) +

  • Robert Buchan Duthie CBE FRCSE FRCS (1925-2005), American-born, British orthopaedic surgeon
  • W. M. Duthie, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Senator from Idaho, 1914 [6]
  • John Purvis Duthie (1865-1953), American politician, Mayor of Pullman, Washington, 1931-36 [6]
  • Captain Thomas Henry Duthie (1806-1857), Scottish member of the 72nd Highlanders who arrived in Cape Town, South Africa in 1826 and was stationed at the Castle of Good Hope
  • John Flett Duthie (1903-1969), Scottish professional footballer who played as a wing half
  • James "Jim" Duthie (1923-1972), Scottish professional footballer who played as a wing half (1949-1958)
  • Conner Duthie (b. 1997), Scottish footballer, who plays as a midfielder or striker
  • Niall Duthie (b. 1947), Scottish novelist from Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Ian Martin Duthie (b. 1930), Scottish former professional footballer
  • John Duthie, London-based English television director and creator of the television series called the European Poker Tour
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Duthie 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: Data fata secutus
Motto Translation: Following my destiny.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 17th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Joseph Rowan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/josephrowan1854.shtml
  4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Flora 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/flora1855.shtml
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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