MacHutchen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name MacHutchen is Hugh or from the Old French word, Huchon.

Early Origins of the MacHutchen family

The surname MacHutchen 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 MacHutchen family

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

MacHutchen Spelling Variations

The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years MacHutchen has appeared as Hutcheson, Hutchison, Huchison, MacCutcheon, MacHutcheon, MacCutchin, MacCutchan, MacCutchen, MacCutchon and many more.

Early Notables of the MacHutchen family (pre 1700)

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 the bishops of Glasgow in the lands of Gairdbraid. [4] 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 register of sasines of the regality of Glasgow and district. [4] The Rev. Francis Hutcheson (1694-1746), was an Irish philosopher from a family of Scottish Presbyterians...
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Ireland Migration of the MacHutchen family to Ireland

Some of the MacHutchen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacHutchen family

Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The MacHutchen were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown: John Hutchison settled in New Jersey in 1685; Robert Hutchison settled in New England in 1685; David and Nancy Hutchison arrived in New England in 1805.



The MacHutchen 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.


  1. ^ 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)
  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. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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