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

The name Nutter is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and 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. 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.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Nutter has been spelled many different ways, including Nutt, Nudd, Nutting, Knutt, Nuttman, Nutter and others.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nutter research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1668, 1640, 1653, 1620, 1623, 1623, 1620, 1620, 1656, 1716, 1660, 1722, 1612, 1550, 1600, 1600 and 1987 are included under the topic Early Nutter History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 547 words (39 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nutter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Nutter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Nutters to arrive in North America:

Nutter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Hatevil Nutter, who arrived in New England in 1649
  • James Nutter, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Anthony Nutter, who arrived in New England in 1662
  • Christopher Nutter, who landed in Maryland in 1663
  • Mary Nutter, who landed in Maryland in 1665

Nutter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Johann Nutter, aged 47, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • Frederick Nutter, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869

Nutter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Nutter, aged 21, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845

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  • Zoe Dell Lantis Nutter (b. 1915), American aviation pioneer, who was a dancer, a model, and a huntress, who later became a promoter, educator, marketer, commercial pilot and philanthropist
  • Zoe Dell Lantis Nutter (b. 1915), born Zoe Dell Lantis is an American dancer, model and huntress who later became a promoter, educator, marketer, commercial pilot and philanthropist, the 2009 recipient of the Bob Hoover Freedom of Flight Award
  • David A. "Dave" Nutter (b. 1955), American politician, Member of the Virginia House of Delegates (2002-2012)
  • Madison Monroe "Buzz" Nutter (1931-2008), American football center who played from 1954 to 1965, inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame (1985)
  • G. Warren Nutter (1923-1979), American economist, known for his work on political economy, industrial concentration and price theory, co-founder of the "Virginia school of political economy"
  • Rik Van Nutter (1929-2005), American actor, perhaps best known for his role in the James Bond movie Thunderball (1965)
  • Michael Anthony Nutter (b. 1957), American politician, 124th Mayor of Philadelphia (2008-)
  • Donald Grant Nutter (1915-1962), American politician, 15th Governor of Montana (1961-1962), Member of the Montana Senate (1951-1959)
  • David Nutter (b. 1960), American Primetime Emmy Award winning television and film director and television producer
  • Geoffrey Nutter, American poet

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  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. 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).
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  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Nutter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nutter 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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