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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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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:

  • Thomas Dutton who arrived in America soon after, settling in Reading

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
  • 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
  • James Dutton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855

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


  • James Patrick Dutton (b. 1968), NASA astronaut with over 15 days in space
  • Lawrence Dutton (b. 1954), American violist
  • Charles Stanley Dutton (b. 1951), American stage, film, and television actor and director
  • Edward Payson Dutton (1831-1923), American book publisher, founder of E. P. Dutton which was acquired by Penguin Group in 1986
  • Francis Stacker Dutton (1816-1877), Australian politician the seventh Premier of South Australia
  • Norman Alexander Dutton (1898-1987), Canadian NHL Managing Director and President from 1943 to 1946
  • Mrs. Kathleen Dutton (d. 1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Windsor, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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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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