Hutcheon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The story of the Hutcheon family stretches back through time to the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The name Hutcheon 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.

Early Origins of the Hutcheon family

The surname Hutcheon was 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.

Early History of the Hutcheon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hutcheon research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1481, 1494, 1577, 1598, and 1726 are included under the topic Early Hutcheon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hutcheon Spelling Variations

Standards used to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Hutcheon has been recorded as Hutchins, Hutchings, Hutchin, Hutcheon, Huchens, Hutcheons, Hutchon, Houchin, Houchen, Houchens, MacCutcheon, MacQuestion and many more.

Early Notables of the Hutcheon family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Hutcheon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hutcheon family to Ireland

Some of the Hutcheon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 71 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Hutcheon migration to Canada +

The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Hutcheon name:

Hutcheon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Hutcheon, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834

Contemporary Notables of the name Hutcheon (post 1700) +

  • Paul Hutcheon, Scottish political journalist, awarded both Journalist of the Year and Political Journalist of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards in 2006
  • Duncan Selby Hutcheon (b. 1879), Canadian provincial politician, MLA Arm River, Saskatchewan (1929-1934)
  • Ernest Henry Hutcheon (1889-1937), Australian sportsman who played first-class cricket with Queensland and represented Australasia in standing high jump at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • David Hutcheon, Canadian former municipal politician in Toronto, Ontario
  • Linda Hutcheon O.C. (b. 1947), Canadian academic working in the fields of literary theory and criticism, opera, and Canadian Studies
  • Michael Hutcheon, Canadian medical doctor and author, a specialist in respirology


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