Show ContentsMutch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Mutch family name to the British Isles. They lived in "Monfichet, or Montfiquet, in the arrondissement of Bayeaux, said to be so named from their Scandinavian ancestor. " [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Mutch family

The surname Mutch was first found in Essex at Stansted Mountfitchet, a village and civil parish in the union of Bishop-Stortford that dates back to the Domesday Book when it was listed as Stanesteda.

By c.1290, the village was known as Stansted Mounfichet from the Muntfichet (Montfitchet) family who resided there since the 12th century. [3]

However, other records date back further revealing Robert Gernon Montfitchet holding lands there at the time of the Conquest that included a castle, of which there are still some remains. Another source claims the name is "descended from Robert Gernon, a great tenant in [the] Domesday [Book]. His son, according to Morant, took this name from the castle of Stanstead, county Essex, from the raised mount which he there constructed. " [2]

"The castle of Montfichet long remained, as well as the Church of St. Catherine in the castle, a foundation of this family. About 1050 Robert, surnamed Guernon (moustache), Baron of Montfichet, witnessed a charter of Duke William (Gall. Christ. xi. Instr. 229). He had issue, 1, William de Montfichet, who d. s. p., when the barony devolved on Wil­liam, the son of his brother; 2, Robert Guernon or Gernon, who held a great barony in Essex, &c., 1086. From his elder son William de Montfichet descended the Barons of that name, whose seats were at Stanstead Montfichet, Essex, and Montfichet Tower, London, of which city the Montfichets were hereditary standard-bearers or military chiefs in time of war. The younger branches retained the name of Gernon. Alured Gernon, brother of William de Montfichet, had estates in Essex and Middlesex 1130 (Rot. Pip.). Matthew, his son, 1135 witnessed a charter of William Montfichet (Mon. i. 803). Ralph, his son, 1165, held a fief from Montfichet in Essex, and was granted Bakewell, Derbyshire, by Richard I." [1]

Early History of the Mutch family

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Mutch Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Muschat, Muschet, Montfichett, Montfiquet and many more.

Early Notables of the Mutch family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Mitch (fl. 1557), English lawyer, of an Essex family, educated at Cambridge (B.A. 1542, M.A. 1544). He was admitted a fellow of St. John's College 14 March 1542-1543, but subsequently removed to Trinity Hall. Mitch was an active opponent at Cambridge of the growth of the reformed religion. "In 1556 Mitch was one of the examiners of John Hullier, preacher, of Lynn...
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Mutch Ranking

In the United States, the name Mutch is the 16,807th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

United States Mutch migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Mutch or a variant listed above:

Mutch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mrs. Margery Mutch, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 aboard the ship "George" [5]
  • William Mutch, who landed in Virginia in 1623 aboard the ship "Jonathan" [5]
Mutch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alex Mutch, aged 22, who immigrated to America from Liverpool, in 1900
  • Andrew F. Mutch, aged 17, who landed in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1907
  • Evelyn Mutch, aged 37, who immigrated to America, in 1907
  • Alex Mutch, aged 9, who landed in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1908
  • Alexander Mutch, aged 3, who immigrated to the United States from Keig, Scotland, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Mutch migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mutch Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Douglass Mutch, aged 34, who immigrated to Ontario, Canada, in 1922

Australia Mutch migration to Australia +

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

Mutch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Mutch, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for life for theft, transported aboard the "Fame" on 9th October 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Christopher Mutch, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Emma Eugenia" on 2nd November 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. James Mutch, Scottish convict who was convicted in Aberdeen, Scotland for 10 years, transported aboard the "Egyptian" on 5th April 1839, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • Mr. Edward Mutch, English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Merseyside, England for 7 years transported aboard the "Forfarshire" on 24th June 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mutch (post 1700) +

  • Samuel A. Mutch, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Marion County, 1972 [10]
  • Duane Mutch, American politician, Member of North Dakota State Senate, 1959-; Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from North Dakota, 1968; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 2008 [10]
  • Andrew Todd Mutch (b. 1963), English former professional footballer
  • Jordon James Edward Sydney Mutch (b. 1991), English footballer
  • Sarah Mutch (b. 1984), Canadian fashion model
  • Stephen Bruce Mutch (b. 1956), Australian politician
  • Alexander "Sandy" Mutch (1884-1967), Scottish football goalkeeper

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Hector MacDonald Mutch (1901-1941), English Able Seaman from Wood Green, Chatham, England, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [11]

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  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 27th September 2022).
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th March 2022).
  8. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 26th January 2022). Retrieved from
  9. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th October 2022).
  10. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from
  11. HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from on Facebook