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Where did the English Luttrell family come from? What is the English Luttrell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Luttrell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Luttrell family history?

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.


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.

First found in Lincolnshire where one of the first records of the name was Sir Geoffrey de Luterel I (1160-1222), 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. We must also look to Yorkshire for the family's ancient lineage. "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. " [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Luttrell research. Another 171 words (12 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.


Another 175 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Luttrell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Luttrell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 303 words (22 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 17th Century

  • Walter Luttrell, who came to Barbados in 1635

Luttrell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Luttrell, who settled in New England in 1759

Luttrell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Simon Luttrell, who came to Prince Edward Island in 1823
  • Elizabeth Luttrell, who came to New Brunswick in 1824


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



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.


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  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Luttrell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Luttrell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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