Show ContentsNutt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Nutt 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 Nutt family

The surname Nutt 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 Nutt family

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Nutt Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Nutt has appeared include Nutt, Nudd, Nutting, Knutt, Nuttman, Nutter and others.

Early Notables of the Nutt family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • John Nutt (1605-1668), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1653

Nutt Ranking

In the United States, the name Nutt is the 3,855th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Nutt family to Ireland

Some of the Nutt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Nutt migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Nutt arrived in North America very early:

Nutt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Nutt, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • William Nutt, who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Miles Nutt, who arrived in New England in 1637 [3]
  • Job Nutt, who landed in Maryland in 1657 [3]
  • Jonathan Nutt, who landed in Virginia in 1666 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Nutt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Nutt, who landed in New York, NY in 1739 [3]
  • James Nutt and his wife Rebecca settled with their three children settled in New York in 1739
  • James Nutt, who landed in New York in 1739 [3]
  • John Nutt, who arrived in North Carolina in 1763 [3]
Nutt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Nutt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1818 [3]
  • Joseph Nutt, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1822 [3]
  • Alexander Nutt, aged 18, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834 [3]
  • F Nutt, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • Samuel Nutt, who landed in New York in 1869 [3]

Australia Nutt migration to Australia +

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

Nutt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Nutt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 [4]
  • Mr. George Nutt, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Fairlie" on 9th Mary 1852, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [5]
  • George Lambert Nutt, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Constantine"
  • Emma Nutt, aged 18, a house maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance" [6]

New Zealand Nutt migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Nutt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Nutt, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sir Edward Paget" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 25th May 1853 [7]
  • Mr. Robert Nutt, (b. 1855), aged 25, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Marlborough" arriving in Invercargill, South Island, New Zealand on 7th January 1880 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nutt (post 1700) +

  • W. Nutt, American politician, Mayor of Clifton, New Jersey, 1950-51 [9]
  • Noel B. Nutt, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1874-81 [9]
  • Joseph R. Nutt Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1956 [9]
  • Joseph R. Nutt, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1932 [9]
  • Edwin C. Nutt (b. 1868), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Yates County, 1926-31 [9]
  • Brigadier-General Clifford Cameron Nutt (b. 1896), American Vice Commanding General 1st Air Force (1947-1949) [10]
  • Roy Nutt (1930-1990), American computer pioneer, co-founder of Computer Sciences Corporation, co-creator of FORTRAN
  • Amy Ellis Nutt, American co-winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing
  • Cyrus Nutt (1814-1875), American educator, 5th President of Indiana University
  • Haller Nutt (b. 1816), American cotton planter and plantation owner in Mississippi
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Nutt +

  • The Nutt Family through the Years by Merle C. Nutt.

  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)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLTON 1848. Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 26th September 2022).
  6. South Australian Register Tuesday 30th November 1858. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1858. Retrieved
  7. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  8. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, May 18) . Retrieved from
  10. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Clifford Nutt. Retrieved from on Facebook