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

The Nuttall name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the settlement of Nuthall in Nottinghamshire, or in the place named Nuttall in the county of Lancashire. The surname Nuttall belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Nuttall has undergone many spelling variations, including Nuttall, Nutthall, Nutshall and others.

First found in Lancashire 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nuttall research. Another 244 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nuttall History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Nuttall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Nuttall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Nuttall were among those contributors:

Nuttall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Nuttall settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Robt Nuttall, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Richard Nuttall and Thomas Nuttall, who came to Virginia in 1662
  • Ralph Nuttall, who arrived in Maryland in 1682

Nuttall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ann Nuttall, who arrived in Virginia in 1725

Nuttall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Nuttall, who arrived in New York in 1842
  • Edward Nuttall, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906
  • Richard Nuttall, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Robert Nuttall, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1858
  • Edward, John, Joshua, Newton, Robert, Thomas, and William Nuttall all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Nuttall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Nuttall, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • George Nuttall, aged 21, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849
  • Thomas Nuttall arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orator" in 1849

Nuttall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Nuttall arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858


  • George Nuttall (1863-1937), British-American bacteriologist
  • Zelia Maria Magdalena Nuttall (1857-1933), American archeologist and anthropologist
  • Thomas Nuttall (1786-1859), English-born, American naturalist, and pioneering paleontologist
  • Sir Keith Nuttall (1901-1941), 2nd Baronet, English officer in the Royal Engineers in the Second World War and was responsible for running BAM Nuttall during the 1920s and 1930s
  • James Nuttall (1877-1957), English developer and responsible for expanding BAM Nuttall to be a nationwide business, son of James Nuttall Sr
  • Sir Edmund Nuttall Jr., (1870-1923), 1st Baronet, English peer and son of James Nuttall Sr
  • James Nuttall Sr., (1865-1911), English founder of BAM Nuttall Limited is a construction and civil engineering company in 1865, best known for having built the Liver Building in 1911
  • John Mitchell Nuttall (1890-1958), English physicist, best known for co-developing the Geiger-Nuttall law of radioactive decay
  • Harry Nuttall (1897-1969), English footballer, member of the winning Bolton Wanderers team which won the FA Cup in 1923
  • Anthony Nuttall (1937-2007), English literary critic, brother to Jeff Nuttall



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The Nuttall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nuttall 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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