Nuttall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Nuttall family

The surname Nuttall was 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]

Early History of the Nuttall family

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Nuttall Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Nuttall family (pre 1700)

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Nuttall Ranking

In the United States, the name Nuttall is the 13,445th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4] However, in the United Kingdom, the name Nuttall is ranked the 910th most popular surname with an estimated 7,556 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Nuttall family to Ireland

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United States Nuttall migration to the United States +

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, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Robert Nuttall, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [6]
  • Richard Nuttall and Thomas Nuttall, who settled in Virginia in 1662
  • Ralph Nuttall, who arrived in Maryland in 1682 [6]
Nuttall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ann Nuttall, who arrived in Virginia in 1725 [6]
Nuttall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Nuttall, who arrived in New York in 1842 [6]
  • Edward Nuttall, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906 [6]
  • Richard Nuttall, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850 [6]
  • Robert Nuttall, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1858 [6]
  • Edward, John, Joshua, Newton, Robert, Thomas, and William Nuttall all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Nuttall migration to Australia +

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

Nuttall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Nuttall, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Miss Mary Nuttall, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Experiment" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. Charles Nuttall, (b. 1804), aged 27, English weaver who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Exmouth" on 3rd March 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Mr. John Nuttall, (b. 1808), aged 23, English weaver who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Exmouth" on 3rd March 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Mr. Samuel Nuttall, (b. 1812), aged 21, English ploughman who was convicted in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England for 14 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Fairlie" on 14th October 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1885 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Nuttall 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:

Nuttall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Nuttall, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
  • Mr. Nuttall, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 12th December 1868 [11]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nuttall (post 1700) +

  • James Nuttall, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate from Granville County, 1824, 1827 [12]
  • Albert Nuttall, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 10th District, 1952 [12]
  • 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
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Master Ralph Nuttall (1914-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [13]
  • Master Tom Nuttall (1913-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mrs. Christina Nuttall (1885-1914), née McColl Canadian Second Class Passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [13]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Francis Robert Malcolm Nuttall (1913-1939), British Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]


  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)
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-cornwallis
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 22nd March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel-and-experiment
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th May 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/exmouth
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st September 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/fairlie
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, May 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  13. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  14. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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