Show ContentsHutcheson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hutcheson family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name Hutcheson is derived from Hugh or from the Old French word, Huchon.

Early Origins of the Hutcheson family

The surname Hutcheson was first found in Glasgow, where James Huchonsone held a land in 1454. "John Huchonson was admitted burgess of Aberdeen, 1466, George Huchunson, burgess of Glasgow in 1471 reappears as George Hucheson in following year. Thom Huchonson had a precept of remission for his share in burning Lochfergus, 1488, and Robert Huchonsone, 'sangster and master of the organis' in Aberdeen is referred to again in 1496 as Huchosone and Huchonsoun." [1]

Further to the south in England, the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379 proved to have a variety of early spellings like their Scottish ancestors, specifically Isota Huchonson and Willelmus Hugchonson. "The last two are placed together, no doubt brother and sister: Mathew Huchonson and Johannes Huchesson." [2]

"In the 17th century the Hutchinsons held property around the city of Durham; at that time they were the most numerous and respectable of the yeomanry of the village of Bishop Middleham, but in the 18th century many of them migrated to Stockton and Whitton in the same county." [3]

Early History of the Hutcheson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hutcheson research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1497, 1504, 1521, 1580, 1589, 1624, 1639, 1641, 1659, 1662, 1694, 1702, 1713, 1727, 1740, 1746 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Hutcheson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hutcheson Spelling Variations

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Hutcheson has been written as Hutcheson, Hutchison, Huchison, MacCutcheon, MacHutcheon, MacCutchin, MacCutchan, MacCutchen, MacCutchon and many more.

Early Notables of the Hutcheson family

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was

  • George Hutcheson (1580?-1639), of Lambhill, Lanarkshire, joint-founder with his younger brother Thomas [q.v.], of Hutcheson's Hospital, Glasgow, was the son of John Hutcheson, an old rentaller under t...
  • Thomas Hutcheson (1589-1641), was a joint-founder with his elder brother George [q.v.] of Hutcheson's Hospital, Glasgow, followed, like his brother, the profession of public writer, and was keeper of...
  • The Rev. Francis Hutcheson (1694-1746), was an Irish philosopher from a family of Scottish Presbyterians who became one of the founding fathers of the Scottish Enlightenment. He was "son of John Hutch...
  • Archibald Hutcheson (ca. 1659-1740), was British Member of Parliament for Hastings (1713-1727.)

Hutcheson Ranking

In the United States, the name Hutcheson is the 4,071st most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Hutcheson family to Ireland

Some of the Hutcheson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Hutcheson migration to the United States +

The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Hutcheson or a variant listed above include:

Hutcheson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Alexander Hutcheson, who arrived in Maryland in 1660-1665 [5]
  • Tho Hutcheson, who landed in Virginia in 1696 [5]
Hutcheson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lacie Hutcheson, who landed in Virginia in 1712 [5]
  • Margaret Hutcheson, who arrived in Virginia in 1740 [5]
  • Margret Hutcheson, who landed in Augusta County, Va in 1740 [5]
  • Mary Hutcheson, who arrived in Augusta County, Va in 1740 [5]
  • George Hutcheson, who landed in Augusta County, Va in 1740 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hutcheson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jane Hutcheson, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [5]
  • Matthew Hutcheson, who landed in America in 1839 [5]
  • Robert Hutcheson, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [5]
  • Edwin Hutcheson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850 [5]

Australia Hutcheson migration to Australia +

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

Hutcheson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Hutcheson, (b. 1838), aged 25, British labourer travelling from Queenstown, Ireland aboard the ship "Golden Empire" arriving in Brisbane, Australia in July 1863 [6]
  • Mrs. Mary A. Hutcheson, (b. 1840), aged 23, British settler travelling from Queenstown, Ireland aboard the ship "Golden Empire" arriving in Brisbane, Australia in July 1863 [6]

New Zealand Hutcheson 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:

Hutcheson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Margaret Hutcheson, (b. 1842), aged 21, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st May 1863 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hutcheson (post 1700) +

  • Thaddeus Thomson "Thad" Hutcheson Sr. (1915-1986), American Republican attorney and politician
  • William Hutcheson (1874-1953), American leader of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America from 1915 until 1952
  • Maurice Albert Hutcheson (1897-1983), American labor leader
  • Francis Hutcheson (1721-1784), Irish songwriter, physician and lecturer in chemistry, son of the philosopher Francis Hutcheson
  • Blake Hutcheson, Canadian recipient of the Order of Ontario for 2023
  • John Conroy Hutcheson (1840-1897), Jersey-born, British author of nautical fiction books
  • David Hutcheson (1905-1976), British film actor, known for his roles in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) and The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)
  • Ernest Hutcheson (1871-1951), Australian pianist, composer and teacher from Melbourne
  • John Hutcheson (1853-1940), New Zealand Member of Parliament
  • Margot Hutcheson (b. 1952), British painter
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Hutcheson Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Memor esto
Motto Translation: Be mindful.

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  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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)
  6. The Ships List Passenger Lists Ship Golden Empire (Retrieved 26th October 2018). Retrieved from
  7. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook