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The story of the Hutchens family stretches back through time to the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The name Hutchens was derived from Huchon, a diminutive form of Hugh. Patronymic surnames arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. This name is the equivalent of Hugh in the vernacular of Scotland.

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Spelling variations are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Hutchens has been spelled Hutchins, Hutchings, Hutchin, Hutcheon, Huchens, Hutcheons, Hutchon, Houchin, Houchen, Houchens, MacCutcheon, MacQuestion and many more.

First found in Ross-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hutchens research. Another 320 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1481, 1494, 1577, 1598, and 1726 are included under the topic Early Hutchens History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hutchens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hutchens family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence, those who remained loyal to England traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Hutchens:

Hutchens Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Sarah Hutchens, who landed in New Jersey in 1675

Hutchens Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Emily Hutchens, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Harriet Hutchens, who landed in America, in 1904
  • William Hutchens, aged 37, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1904
  • Mrs. Frank T. Hutchens, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1905
  • William H. Hutchens, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1913


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  • Sandra Hutchens, the American current Sheriff-Coroner of Orange County, California
  • Paul Hutchens (1902-1977), American author
  • Bishop D. Presley Hutchens, American bishop in the Anglican Catholic Church in charge of the Mission Society
  • Francis "Frank" Hutchens OBE (1892-1965), New Zealand born pianist, music teacher and composer


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  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  7. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Hutchens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hutchens 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 20 July 2015 at 18:23.

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