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Where did the English Dutton family come from? What is the English Dutton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dutton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dutton family history?

Dutton is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dutton family lived in Dutton, Lancashire. Today Dutton is a civil parish and village within the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester, but this parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Duntune and literally meant "farmstead at a hill" from the Old English words dun + tun. [1] Dutton is also a civil parish in the Borough of Ribble Valley in Lancashire.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Dutton has been recorded under many different variations, including Dutton, Duton, Duttone and others.

First found in Lancashire where Odard Dutton, nephew of Hugh Lupus was granted the lands of the Barony of Dutton in 1066. He was directly descended from William, Earl of Eu, who married a niece of William the Conqueror. The township of Ness in Chester was at one time of significance to the family. "This place is mentioned in Domesday Survey as being part of the possessions of Walter de Vernon; in the time of Richard II., it was held by the Duttons under the king as Earl of Chester, in capite, by military service." [2] However the family did not hold the lands for long as "on the marriage of the heiress of that family, 7th James I., to the heir of Thomas, Lord Gerard, Ness became the property of the Gerards, of Gerard's Bromley." [2]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dutton research. Another 391 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1248, 1275, 1332, 1415, 1421, 1459, 1545, 1594, 1657, 1624, 1640 and 1647 are included under the topic Early Dutton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 129 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dutton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Dutton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Duttons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Dutton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Dutton who arrived in America in 1630
  • Debora Dutton, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Dorothy Dutton, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • Abraham Dutton, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Henry Dutton, who landed in Virginia in 1665


Dutton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Dutton, who landed in America in 1808
  • Thomas Dutton who arrived in America soon after, settling in Reading
  • Mr. Dutton, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1821
  • A Dutton, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • M Dutton, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822


Dutton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Charles Christian Dutton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dorset" in 1839
  • Ann Dutton, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Charles Dutton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Countess of Yarborough" in 1850

Dutton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Dutton, aged 38, a miller, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876
  • D. Dutton arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "St. Leonards" in 1877

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  • Edward Payson Dutton (1831-1923), American book publisher, founder of E. P. Dutton which was acquired by Penguin Group in 1986
  • Charles Stanley Dutton (b. 1951), American stage, film, and television actor and director
  • Edward J. Dutton, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 19th District, 1926
  • Clarence W. Dutton, American Republican politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Somerset County, 1919-20
  • Catherine Dutton, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Genesee County, 1944
  • Bob Dutton, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Idaho superintendent of public instruction, 1994
  • Bob Dutton (b. 1952), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2004
  • Benjamin F. Dutton, American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives from Morgan County; Elected 1897
  • Amos Dutton, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Wallingford, 1822
  • Elias Q. Dutton, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cayuga County 1st District, 1898-99

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

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  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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The Dutton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dutton 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.

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