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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 Nottinghamshire at Nuthall, parish, in the union of Basford, S. division of the wapentake of Broxtow. Nuthall Temple, occupying a commanding site near the village, is a handsome mansion, built in imitation of the Villa Capra, at Vicenza, in Italy, and surrounded by an extensive park embellished with plantations and an artificial lake. [1] The place dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Nutehale. [2] Literally the place name means "nook of land where nut trees grow" from the Old English words "hnutu" + "halh." [3]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nuttall research. Another 139 words (10 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 31 words (2 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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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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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