Outhwaite History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Outhwaite family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the Old English personal name Untric, which meant dawn or powerful. Thus, the bearers of the Outhwaite surname were originally known as the son of Untric.

Early Origins of the Outhwaite family

The surname Outhwaite was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat at Houthwaite in the parish of Kirkby-Ireleth, Furness, Northern Lancashire. Anciently, the name was more commonly spelt Huthwaite. William of Husthayt was recorded in 1275 in Yorkshire.

Early History of the Outhwaite family

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Outhwaite Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Outhwaite include Outhwaite, Owthwaite, Huthwaite, Houthwaite, Hustwayte, Hustwitt, Outhwayte, Owthwait, Outhwait, Owthwate, Outhwate, Uthwatt, Uthwaite, Uthwayte and many more.

Early Notables of the Outhwaite family (pre 1700)

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United States Outhwaite migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Outhwaite were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Outhwaite Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Outhwaite, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1819
  • John Outhwaite, who arrived in New York in 1831 [1]
  • John Outhwaite, who arrived in New York in 1831

Australia Outhwaite migration to Australia +

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

Outhwaite Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Outhwaite, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Outhwaite, English convict who was convicted in Leeds, Yorkshire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Duncan" on 10th December 1840, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]

New Zealand Outhwaite 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:

Outhwaite Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Outhwaite, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tamar" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 28th January 1858 [4]
  • Mrs. Outhwaite, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tamar" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 28th January 1858 [4]
  • Miss Victorine Outhwaite, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tamar" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 28th January 1858 [4]
  • Miss Louisa Outhwaite, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tamar" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 28th January 1858 [4]
  • Mr. Charles Outhwaite, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tamar" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 28th January 1858 [4]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Outhwaite (post 1700) +

  • Joseph H. Outhwaite, American lawyer and politician from Ohio
  • Leonard Outhwaite, American author and anthropologist
  • Tamzin Outhwaite (b. 1970), English actor best known for her role in the BBC soap opera "EastEnders"
  • Thomas Outhwaite (1805-1879), Registrar of the Supreme Court of new Zealand, eponym of Outhwaite Park
  • Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, Australian illustrator of children's books


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/duncan
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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