Luttrell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Luttrell was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Luttrell family lived in Nottinghamshire. Many people think the name Luttrell was originally derived from the Old French word l'outre which means otter, but others believe the name could have been derived from Lutterell, a place in Normandy.

"Robert Lotrel and Hugh his son were benefactors to the Abbey of Barberie, Normandy and its foundation. Symon Mutro was mentioned in England in 1130." [1]

"In England the Luttrells were first seated in Nottinghamshire. Geoffrey Loterel, who held Gamston in that county, and some other manors in Derbyshire, obtained a great Lincolnshire barony, with Hoton-Paganel in Yorkshire, through his wife Trethesenta, daughter of William Paganel , and in the end his sole heir. " [2]

Early Origins of the Luttrell family

The surname Luttrell was first found in Nottinghamshire, but in Lincolnshire the aforementioned Sir Geoffrey de Luterel I (1160-1222), was courtier and confidante of King John. His son, Robert Luttrel was Lord Chancellor of Ireland (1238-1245) and his great grandson Sir Geoffrey Luttrell III (1276-1345) held a family seat at Irnham Hall at Irnham in Lincolnshire.

Yorkshire has some interesting entries about the family. "In the reigns of Henry I. and Stephen, Sir J. Luttrell (probably a grandson of the Norman warrior) held in capite, the manor of Hoton Pagnel which eventually devolved upon an heiress, who married John Scott, feudal Lord of Calverley, and Steward of the household to the Empress Maud. " [3]

Later, a branch of the family held a family seat at Beskaby in Leicestershire. "The manor of 'Bescoldeby' was held in 1363 by Andrew Luttrell, for Croxton Abbey." [4]

Early History of the Luttrell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Luttrell research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1518, 1551, 1628, 1666, 1656, 1666, 1490, 1554, 1657, 1732, 1226, 1238, 1420, 1655, 1717, 1713, 1787 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Luttrell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Luttrell Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Luttrell are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Luttrell include Luttrell, Loteral, Lutteral, Lutterall, Lutterell and many more.

Early Notables of the Luttrell family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Luttrell (c. 1518-1551), who took the Queen of Scotland prisoner on the field of battle; Francis Luttrell (1628 - 1666), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1656 and 1666; Sir Thomas...
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Luttrell Ranking

In the United States, the name Luttrell is the 3,704th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Luttrell family to Ireland

Some of the Luttrell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 157 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Luttrell migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Luttrell, or a variant listed above:

Luttrell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Luttrell, who settled in New England in 1759
Luttrell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Patrick Luttrell, aged 32, originally from Ballengarry, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1905 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Queenstown, Ireland [6]
  • Catherine Luttrell, originally from Vicarstoun, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Queenstown, Ireland [7]
  • Thomas Luttrell, aged 45, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Sutherland" from Genoa, Italy [8]
  • Nathaniel H. Luttrell, aged 29, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England [9]
  • James N. Luttrell, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Luttrell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Luttrell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Simon Luttrell, who settled in Prince Edward Island in 1823
  • Elizabeth Luttrell, who settled in New Brunswick in 1824

West Indies Luttrell migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [11]
Luttrell Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Walter Luttrell, who settled in Barbados in 1635

Contemporary Notables of the name Luttrell (post 1700) +

  • Rachel Luttrell (b. 1971), American actress
  • Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell (b. 1975), American Navy SEAL awarded the Navy Cross recipient for his actions facing Taliban fighters during Operation Red Wing [12]
  • William J Luttrell III (b. 1954), American writer
  • Stanley Luttrell, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Governor of Kentucky, 1987 [13]
  • Samuel Bell Luttrell (1844-1933), American politician, Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee, 1879 [13]
  • John King Luttrell (1831-1893), American Democratic Party politician, Member of California State Assembly 28th District, 1865-67, 1871-73; U.S. Representative from California 3rd District, 1873-79 [13]
  • James Churchwell Luttrell (1813-1878), American politician, Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee, 1854, 1859-67 [13]
  • James C. Luttrell Jr. (1841-1914), American Republican politician, Hardware merchant; Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee, 1885-87 [13]
  • Elizabeth V. Luttrell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1972 [13]
  • E. L. Luttrell, American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Berkeley County Democratic Party, 1917 [13]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fraterville mine
  • Mr. Thomas Luttrell, American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died [14]


The Luttrell 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: Quaesita marte tuenda arte
Motto Translation: Things obtained by war must be defended by art.


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  3. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFH8-HPJ : 6 December 2014), Patk. Luttrell, 11 May 1905; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXYH-LM8 : 6 December 2014), Catherine Luttrell, 18 Apr 1909; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6W4-L2X : 6 December 2014), Thos. Luttrell, 30 Nov 1919; citing departure port Genoa, Italy, arrival port New York, ship name Sutherland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HW-C5Q : 6 December 2014), Nathaniel H. Luttrell, 10 Sep 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  10. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HW-C57 : 6 December 2014), James N. Luttrell, 10 Sep 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  11. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  12. ^ Marcus Luttrell. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Marcus Luttrell. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Luttrell
  13. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  14. ^ News paper article Fraterville Mine Disaster retrieved on 6th August 2021. (Retrieved from http://www.tn.gov/tsla/exhibits/disasters/fraterville.htm).


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