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The Orcutt surname is derived form the Old English word "ortgeard," or "orceard," a compound of "wort," or "plant," and "geard," meaning "yard." It is thought to have originally been a topographic name for someone who lived by an orchard, or perhaps an occupational name for a fruit grower. There were also several places named Orchard, such as those in Devon and Somerset, and the surname may have been taken on from a place name.

Orcutt Early Origins



The surname Orcutt was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Hartland Abbey in that shire. Although the origin of this name may seem obvious to most, the real source lies far from fruit trees. Far to the north, the Urquharts were hereditary Sheriffs of Cromarty. This difficult Gaelic name posed problems for even the Scottish tongue. In Loch Ness, their seat, they were called Orchar or Orchard. Hence, the name Orchard earned the right to be a sept of the great Clan Urquhart. In the 14th century it is believed that a branch of this clan moved south to Devon and became seated at Hartland Abbey.

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Orcutt Spelling Variations


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Orcutt Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Orchard, Orchar, Orcher, Orcutt, Orcherd, Augher and others.

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Orcutt Early History


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Orcutt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orcutt research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1410, 1750, 1468 and 1504 are included under the topic Early Orcutt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Orcutt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Orcutt Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Orcutt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Orcutt In Ireland


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Orcutt In Ireland



Some of the Orcutt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Orcutt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Orcutt, who landed in Massachusetts in 1664

Orcutt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • R. Orcutt settled in San Francisco, California in 1852

Orcutt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Peter Orcutt, who arrived in Canada in 1834

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Contemporary Notables of the name Orcutt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Orcutt (post 1700)



  • William Dana Orcutt (1870-1953), American book designer, typeface designer, historian, and author, best known for his Humanistic typeface
  • Maureen Orcutt (1907-2007), American amateur golfer and reporter for the New York Times
  • William Warren Orcutt (1869-1942), American petroleum geologist, known for his contributions to paleontology, specifically the fossils of the La Brea Tar Pits, eponym of Orcutt, California
  • Ed Orcutt (b. 1963), American politician, Washington State Representative from Washington's 18th district (2002-)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. 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.
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Orcutt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Orcutt 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.

    This page was last modified on 29 August 2015 at 20:04.

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