Shütt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Shütt family had a variety of origins as variations of the name had several meanings in ancient England. The name could have meant "dweller at a Shoot or Shut, i.e. a narrow lane or avenue" from the Old English words "shoot" or "shut" or it could have been a name for an "archer" from the Old English word "scytta" and finally, it could have been a nickname for someone who was "quick" or "ready" from the Old English word "sceot." [1]

But the more likely origin of the name was as a local name from either Devon or Wiltshire.

Early Origins of the Shütt family

The surname Shütt was first found in Wiltshire at Chute, a civil parish that includes the village of Upper Chute and the smaller settlements of Lower Chute, Chute Standen, Chute Cadley and Chute Forest.

Alternatively the name could have originated from Shute, a parish, in the union of Axminster, hundred of Colyton in Devon. This place name dates back to c. 1200 when it was listed as Schieta and literally meant "the corner or angle of land." [2] The Old Shute House located nearby is now an impressive edifice that dates back to a simple building built in 1380. It is currently held by the National Trust. "The Shutes of Gillingham bear the name of an old Devonshire family and of a Devonshire parish." [3]

To confuse matters more, another source claims the family came from "the castle of Shute, in Normandy, France." [4]

Somerset was a stronghold of the family in early years as Kirby's Quest listed: Robert atte Shoete; Simon atte Sheote; William atte Shote; and Walter atte Shotte, Somerset as all residing there "1 Edward III," or in other words "during the first year's reign of King Edward III." [5]

Important Dates for the Shütt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shütt research. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1268, 1621, 1610, 1764, 1506, 1567, 1542, 1545, 1584, 1590, 1595, 1563, 1588, 1643, 1659, 1654, 1659, 1632, 1666, 1659, 1661, 1662, 1742, 1665, 1722, 1696 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Shütt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shütt Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shute, Chute, Chewte, Shutes and others.

Early Notables of the Shütt family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Philip Chute or Chowte (c. 1506-1567), of Horne Place, Appledore, Kent, an English politician, Member of Parliament for Winchelsea 1542 and 1545; Sir Robert Chute, Justice of the Queen's Bench, 1584; Anthony Chute ( fl. 1590s; died 1595), an Elizabethan poet and pamphleteer; John Shute (d. 1563), an English artist and architect; Josias Shute (also Josiah) (1588-1643), an English churchman, rector of St Mary Woolnoth in London, Archdeacon of Colchester, and...
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Migration of the Shütt family to Ireland

Some of the Shütt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shütt migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shütt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Shutt, who arrived in Maryland in 1670-1671 [6]
  • Jean Shutt, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 [6]
Shütt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Shutt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 [6]
Shütt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Shutt, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]

Shütt migration to Australia

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

Shütt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Walter Shutt, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shütt (post 1700)

  • William E. Shutt, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Illinois, 1893-97 [8]
  • Philip Leslie Shutt, American politician, Delegate to Iowa convention to ratify 21st amendment from Buchanan County, 1933 [8]
  • George W. Shutt, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1868 [8]
  • Edwin E. Shutt, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Monroe County 5th District, 1909 [8]
  • Herbert Shutt (1879-1922), English first-class cricketer
  • Albert Shutt (b. 1952), retired English cricketer
  • George Shutt (1861-1936), English international footballer
  • Carl Shutt (b. 1961), retired English professional footballer
  • David Trevor Shutt OBE , PC (b. 1942), Baron Shutt of Greetland, British Liberal Democrat politician
  • Stephen John Shutt (b. 1952), retired Canadian ice hockey player, five-time Stanley Cup champion


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from
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