Rutherford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Rutherford comes from the proud Boernician clans of the Scottish-English border region. The Rutherford family lived in the Parish of Maxton, where Rutherford was a town, near Roxburghshire. The place name Rutherford is derived from the Old English words "hryder" meaning "cattle" and "ford," which is "a shallow part of a river."

Early Origins of the Rutherford family

The surname Rutherford was first found in the Parish of Maxton, town of Rutherford, county Roxburghshire. The first bearers of Rutherford on record were two knights: Gregory and Nicholas de Rutherford.

Important Dates for the Rutherford family

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Rutherford Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rutherford, Rutterford, Rudderford, Rudford and others.

Early Notables of the Rutherford family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661), Scottish principal of St. Mary's College, St. Andrews, born about 1600 in the parish of Nisbet, now part of Crailing, Roxburghshire. [1] Andrew Rutherford (d. 1664), was a Scottish soldier of fortune, created 1st and only Earl of Teviot by Charles II; and Samuel Rutherford (ca. 1600-1661), a Scottish theologian and controversialist, born at Nisbet, Roxburghshire, educated at Edinburgh University, where he...
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Migration of the Rutherford family to Ireland

Some of the Rutherford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Rutherford migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rutherford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Rutherford, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [2]
  • Henry Rutherford, who arrived in Connecticut in 1641 [2]
  • Gaven Rutherford, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [2]
  • Gaven Rutherford, who settled in Maryland in 1670
  • Dennis Rutherford, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682
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Rutherford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James and George Rutherford, who settled in Virginia in 1716
  • Robert Rutherford, who landed in New England in 1735 [2]
  • Joseph Rutherford, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [2]
  • Anne Rutherford, who settled in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1766
  • Charles Rutherford, who settled in Boston in 1774
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Rutherford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Rutherford, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [2]
  • Adam Rutherford, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [2]
  • Edward Rutherford, who arrived in New York in 1820 [2]
  • Archibald Rutherford, who landed in New York in 1831 [2]
  • Thomas S Rutherford, aged 31, who landed in Missouri in 1844 [2]
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Rutherford migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rutherford Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Henry Rutherford U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]
Rutherford Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Rutherford, aged 25, a wheelwright, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • David Rutherford, who settled in Ontario in 1818
  • Alexander Rutherford, who settled in Quebec in 1823
  • John Rutherford, aged 59, a carpenter, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Mary Rutherford, aged 21, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the brig "Susan Maria Brooke" from Donegal, Ireland

Rutherford migration to Australia

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

Rutherford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Rutherford, aged 26, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard" [4]
  • John Rutherford, aged 20, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard" [4]
  • Thomas Rutherford, aged 7, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard" [4]
  • Walter Rutherford, aged 21, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard" [4]
  • William Rutherford, aged 17, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard" [4]
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Rutherford 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:

Rutherford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Rutherford, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Wellington, North Island, New Zealand on 24th September 1842 [5]
  • Mr. Rutherford, American settler travelling from San Francisco aboard the ship "Helen S. Page" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 10th October 1850 [5]
  • Mr. John Rutherford, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Excelsior" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th March 1859 [5]
  • Mr. Arch. Rutherford, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [6]
  • William Rutherford, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
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Contemporary Notables of the name Rutherford (post 1700)

  • Daniel Rutherford (1749-1819), Scottish chemist and physician who discovered nitrogen, born at Edinburgh, son of Dr. John Rutherford (1695–1779)
  • Major-General Harry Kenneth Rutherford (1883-1964), American Attached to Office of the Chief of Ordnance (1942-1943) [7]
  • Ann Rutherford (1917-2012), born Therese Ann Rutherford, Canadian-born, American actress in film, radio, and television, best known for her role as Scarlett O'Hara's youngest sister in Gone With the Wind and who starred in the Andy Hardy movies
  • Johnny Sherman Rutherford III (b. 1938), American former race car driver inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1996
  • F. S. Rutherford, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1860 [8]
  • Elwood Rutherford, American politician, Mayor of Banning, California, 1957-59 [8]
  • Dan Rutherford (b. 1955), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 2004, 2008 [8]
  • C. H. Rutherford, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Cabell County, 1942 [8]
  • Bert C. Rutherford, American Republican politician, Member of Alaska territorial House of Representatives 3rd District, 1953-54 [8]
  • Albert Greig Rutherford (1879-1941), American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Superior Court Judge in Pennsylvania, 1932; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 15th District, 1937-41 [8]
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Historic Events for the Rutherford family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Frederick Rutherford (1869-1914), Canadian First Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Edward Rutherford, British Steward, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [10]
HMS Royal Oak
  • John Joseph Rutherford (d. 1939), British Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [11]

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Citations

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ South Australian Register Friday 14 October 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Standard 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/standard1853.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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Harry Rutherford. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Rutherford/Harry_Kenneth/USA.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  11. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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