Nutter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. "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 Nutter family

The surname Nutter 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 Nutter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nutter research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1668, 1640, 1653, 1620, 1623, 1623, 1620, 1620, 1656, 1716, 1660, 1722, 1612, 1550, 1600, 1600, 1987, 1577 and 1576 are included under the topic Early Nutter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nutter Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Nutter family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Nutt (1605-1668), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1653; and John Nutt ( fl. 1620-1623), English pirate born in Devon who raided the Newfoundland and western England for three years before his capture by Sir John Eliot in 1623. His arrest and conviction caused a scandal in the English court as Nutt had paid Eliot £500 in exchange for a pardon. He was eventually released by the Secretary of State George Calvert. He arrived at Torbay Newfoundland in 1620 aboard the ship Dartmouth in 1620, but soon organized...
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Ireland Migration of the Nutter family to Ireland

Some of the Nutter 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 and printed products wherever possible.


United States Nutter migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • James Nutter, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [2]
  • Anthony Nutter, who arrived in New England in 1662 [2]
  • Christopher Nutter, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [2]
  • Mary Nutter, who landed in Maryland in 1665 [2]
Nutter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Nutter, aged 47, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848 [2]
  • Frederick Nutter, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869 [2]

Australia Nutter migration to Australia +

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

Nutter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Nutter who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 4th August 1836, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • James Nutter, aged 21, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nutter (post 1700) +

  • Zoe Dell Lantis Nutter (1915-2020), 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
  • Michael Anthony Nutter (b. 1957), American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1992; Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2008-; Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 2012 [5]
  • Donald Grant Nutter (1915-1962), American Republican politician [5]
  • Thomas C. Nutter, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Kanawha County, 1919-22 [5]
  • T. D. Nutter, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Clay County, 1905 [5]
  • Sarah M. Nutter, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1932 [5]
  • George Nutter, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 5th District, 1839-41 [5]
  • Michael Anthony Nutter (b. 1957), American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1992; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1996 (alternate), 2004 (alternate), 2008; Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2008-; Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 2012 [5]
  • Fal Nutter, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Clay County, 1935-36 [5]
  • Donald Grant Nutter (1915-1962), American Republican politician, Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; Lawyer; Montana Republican State Chair, 1958-60; Governor of Montana, 1961-62; Died in office 1962. En route from Helena to Cut Bank, he was killed, along with five others, when the twin-engine C-47 plane crashed into a mountain and burned, during a snowstorm, near Wolf Creek, Lewis and Clark County, Montana, January 25, 1962 (age 46 years, 58 days) [5]
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ISABELLA WATSON 1845. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1845IsabellaWatson.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, May 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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