Nothard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rich and ancient history of the Nothard family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from Cnute, a popular name in England in the early Middle Ages. It was popular thanks to the influence of Cnut, a Dane, who became King of England in 1016. "There are two Cnuts in Domesday, one in Yorkshire, the other in Derbyshire." [1]

Alternatively, it may be of nickname origin, from the Old English word hnutu, which meant brown, and would have been given to someone with a brown complexion. It may be that this is the origin of the English saying "Brown as a nut," used for someone who has spent a lot of time in the sun.

Early Origins of the Nothard family

The surname Nothard was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Nothard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nothard research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1668, 1640, 1653, 1620, 1623, 1623, 1620, 1620, 1656, 1716, 1660, 1722, 1612, 1550, 1600, 1600, 1987, 1577 and 1576 are included under the topic Early Nothard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nothard Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Nothard have been found, including Nutt, Nudd, Nutting, Knutt, Nuttman, Nutter and others.

Early Notables of the Nothard family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Nutt (1605-1668), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1653; and John Nutt ( fl. 1620-1623), English pirate born in Devon who raided the Newfoundland and western England for three years before his capture by Sir John Eliot in 1623. His arrest and conviction caused a scandal in the English court as Nutt had paid Eliot £500 in exchange for a pardon. He was eventually released by the Secretary of State George Calvert. He arrived at Torbay Newfoundland in 1620 aboard the ship Dartmouth in 1620, but soon organized...
Another 204 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nothard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Nothard family to Ireland

Some of the Nothard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Nothard family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Nothard, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : James Nutt and his wife Rebecca settled with their three children in New York in 1739; Thomas and William Nudd settled in Barbados in 1663; William Nutt settled in Virginia in 1636.


Contemporary Notables of the name Nothard (post 1700) +

  • Margi Nothard, American architect of Glavovic Studio in Fort Lauderdale, best known for her design of the Girls' Club Foundation facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Lieutenant Colonel Paul Michael Nothard CSC, Australian Army officer, Commanding Officer of the 1st Combat Service Support Battalion, Commander of the Force Level Logistic Asset in the Middle East Area of Operations, patron of the Australian Defence Basketball Association


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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