Hutchins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Viking settlers in ancient Scotland were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Hutchins. It comes from Huchon, a diminutive form of Hugh. [1] Patronymic surnames arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. This name is the equivalent of Hugh in the vernacular of Scotland. Today, the plural form of the name is more popular as in "Hutchins" or "Hutchens," but years ago the singular form was far more common.

Early Origins of the Hutchins family

The surname Hutchins 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.

The variants Hutcheon and Hutchon were the most common spellings used in both forenames and surnames in Scotland, as we shall soon see.

"Huchon was used in the thirteenth century instead of Huon as the regular oblique case of Hue. In Scotland during the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries Hutcheoun (ch sibilant) regularly appears as a Christian name, the equivalent of Hugh or Hew in the vernacular. Hucheon Fraser, Lord of the Lovet is mentioned in 1422 and in 1510 a succeeding Lord Lowat is named Heow. Huchon Ker appears in 1467, and Huchown the Ross, 1481." [2]

Just over the border in Yorkshire, England the Yorkshire Poll Tax had two entries for the family: Isabella Huchon, doghter; and Willelmus Huchon. [3] In Somerset, John Huchoun was registered there 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [4]

Early History of the Hutchins family

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Hutchins Spelling Variations

Translation and spelling were non-standardized practices in the Middle Ages, so scribes had only their ears to rely on. This was a practice of extremely limited efficiency, and spelling variations in names, even within a single document, were the result. Over the years, Hutchins has appeared Hutchins, Hutchings, Hutchin, Hutcheon, Huchens, Hutcheons, Hutchon, Houchin, Houchen, Houchens, MacCutcheon, MacQuestion and many more.

Early Notables of the Hutchins family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Edward Hutchins (1558?-1629), English divine, born about 1558 of poor parents, was, according to Wood, a native of Denbighshire. About 1576 he matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford: he graduated B.A. 1577, and proceeded M.A. 1581 and B.D. 1590. [5] Sir George Hutchins (d. 1705), king's...
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Ireland Migration of the Hutchins family to Ireland

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

The fertile east coast of what would become US and Canada was soon dotted with the farms of Scottish settlers. Some of them remained faithful to the crown and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others had the chance to pay back their old oppressors in the American War of Independence. That brave spirit lives on today in the highland games that dot North America in the summer. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Hutchins family came to North America quite early:

Hutchins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nevill Hutchins, aged 20, who landed in Barbados in 1634 [6]
  • Anthony Hutchins, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Elizabeth Hutchins, who landed in New England in 1637-1639 [6]
  • Isaac Hutchins, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [6]
  • George Hutchins, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1638 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hutchins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Hutchins, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 [6]
  • Nicholas Hutchins, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [6]
  • Anne Hutchins, who arrived in New England in 1721 [6]
  • Joseph Hutchins, who landed in Barbados in 1771 [6]
  • Parley Hutchins, who landed in New England in 1774 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hutchins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Hutchins, aged 21, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1821 [6]
  • Abraham Hutchins, who arrived in New York in 1835 [6]
  • Abram Hutchins, who landed in New York in 1835 [6]
  • Robert Hutchins, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1854 [6]
  • Gerhart Hutchins, who landed in Arkansas in 1887 [6]

Canada Hutchins migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hutchins Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Tobias Hutchins, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1682 [7]
Hutchins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Catha Hutchins, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Eleanor Fides, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Henry Hutchins, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Hutchins, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Hutchins migration to Australia +

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

Hutchins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Hutchins, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Isaac Hutchins, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]
  • William Hutchins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Waterloo" in 1840 [10]
  • Thomas Hutchins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1847 [11]
  • Joseph Hutchins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1849 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hutchins 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:

Hutchins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • G. E. Hutchins, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Abraham Hutchins, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
  • Mary Hutchins, aged 53, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
  • John Hutchins, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • Henry Hutchins, aged 39, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hutchins (post 1700) +

  • Charles Pelton Hutchins (1872-1938), American college football coach
  • Carlton Barmore Hutchins (1904-1938), U.S. Naval aviator, posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, eponym of the destroyer USS Hutchins (DD-476)
  • Thomas Hutchins (1730-1789), American military engineer, cartographer, geographer and surveyor
  • Melvin R. Hutchins (b. 1928), retired American NBA basketball player
  • Maude Phelps McVeigh Hutchins (1899-1991), American novelist
  • Carleen Maley Hutchins (1911-2009), American former high school science teacher, violinmaker and researcher, best-known for her violin octet
  • Edwin Hutchins, American professor and former department head of cognitive science at the University of California
  • Robert Maynard Hutchins Ph.D., (1889-1977), American educational philosopher, President of the University of Chicago (1929–1945) and its Chancellor (1945–1951)
  • Seaman First Class Johnnie David Hutchins, American seaman awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1943
  • Robert "Bobby" Hutchins (1925-1945), American child actor, nicknamed "Wheezer", a regular in the Our Gang series
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Albert J Hutchins (b. 1911), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Edward F. Hutchins, American Lieutenant working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [14]


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. 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. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WATERLOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Waterloo.htm
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PHOEBE 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Phoebe.htm
  12. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ABBERTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Abberton.htm
  13. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  14. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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