Rutan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Rutan first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Roydon, places found in Essex and Norfolk. The place-name Roydon is derived from the Old English elements rygen, which means rye, and dun, which means hill. The place-name as a whole translates as "hill where rye is grown." Roydon in Essex was recorded in the Domesday Book as Ruindune; Roydon in Norfolk was recorded in that document as Regadona. The Domesday Book was a survey of England ordered by King WIlliam the Conqueror, the first Norman King of England, in 1086. It was used to reassess the Danegeld (the tax system in place at the time) and as a reference for the settlement of property disputes.

Early Origins of the Rutan family

The surname Rutan was first found in Suffolk but other branches of the family were located elsewhere. By example, Rowton is a small village located seven miles north of Wellington, Shropshire. It dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was recorded as Rugheton. [1]

The Battle of Rowton Heath was fought between the forces of the parliament and those of King Charles on 24 September 1645 during the English Civil War.

"On Rowton Heath was fought the important battle between the forces of the parliament and those of King Charles, which proved so fatal to the brave Earl of Lichfield, and so disastrous to his royal master; here, also, the Cheshire gentry assembled and declared for a free parliament, on the attempt of Sir George Booth to restore Charles II., in 1659." [2]

Rowton Castle is a Grade II listed country house near Shrewsbury in Shropshire. The present castle was built in the 17th century, although a previous castle named Rowton Castle had stood on the site for several hundred years previously. As of 1986, it has been a luxury hotel.

Early History of the Rutan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rutan research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1583, 1646, 1610, 1614, 1614, 1580 and 1622 are included under the topic Early Rutan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rutan Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Rutan has appeared include Royden, Roydon, Rowton, Rowden and others.

Early Notables of the Rutan family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Marmaduke Roydon (1583-1646), English merchant-adventurer, son of Ralph Roydon or Rawdon of Rawden Brandesby in Yorkshire. At sixteen years of age he went to London, where he was apprenticed to Daniel Hall, a Bordeaux merchant, who sent him as his factor to France. He returned to London about 1610 and was elected a common councilman. Soon afterwards he was presented with the freedom of the Clothworkers' Company, and made captain of the city...
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rutan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Rutan migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Rutan arrived in North America very early:

Rutan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs W.L. Rutan, aged 38, who arrived in America, in 1893
Rutan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edward Rutan, aged 23, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • Walter Rutan, aged 40, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • Charles H. Rutan, who arrived in America, in 1908
  • David Rutan, aged 26, who arrived in America, in 1912
  • Roy J. Rutan, aged 24, who arrived in America, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Rutan (post 1700) +

  • Erik Rutan (b. 1971), American heavy metal musician and producer
  • Richard Glenn "Dick" Rutan (b. 1938), American aviator who piloted the Voyager aircraft around the world, recipient of Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, 5 times, Air Medal, 16 times, Purple Heart and the Presidential Citizens Medal
  • Elbert Leander "Burt" Rutan (b. 1943), American aerospace engineer who designed the Voyager, the first plane to fly around the world without stopping or refueling
  • William H. Rutan, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Richmond County, 1864 [3]
  • James S. Rutan, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate, 1870-75, 1887-90; U.S. Surveyor of Customs, 1876-79 [3]
  • Dick Rutan, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 42nd District, 1992 [3]
  • David O. Rutan, American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives from Carroll and Harrison counties; Elected 1897; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1904 [3]
  • A. J. Rutan, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 16th District, 1857-58 [3]

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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