The ancestors of the first family to use the name Rutherfo lived among the Boernician
tribe of ancient Scotland
. They lived in the Parish of Maxton, where Rutherford was a town, near Roxburghshire
. The toponym Rutherford is derived from the Old English words hryder
and ford, a shallow part of a river.
Early Origins of the Rutherfo family
The surname Rutherfo was first found in the Parish of Maxton, town of Rutherford, county Roxburghshire
. The first bearers of Rutherfo on record were two knights: Gregory and Nicholas de Rutherford who were listed in the reigns of William the Lion and Alexander II. About the same time, Sir Richard, lord of Rotherford was listed as was William de Rwthirford, a cleric who witnessed a charter by Henry de Grahame. Nicholas de Rothirford, knight, rendered homage to King Edward I
at Montrose in 1296, as did Margarete la fielle Nicol de Rotherforde who also rendered homage for her lands. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Rutherfo family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rutherfo research.Another 567 words (40 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1200, 1215, 1249, 1285, 1296, 1361, 1411, 1413, 1451, 1493, 1448, 1580, 1664, 1600, 1661 and are included under the topic Early Rutherfo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rutherfo Spelling Variations
names that evolved in the largely preliterate Middle Ages are often marked by considerable spelling variations
. Rutherfo has been spelled Rudfard, Ruterford, Rudforde, Rudfithy, Rudforthy, Rudforthe, Rudfith, Rudforth, Rudfearde, Rudfarte, Rudfarde, Rudferd, Rutherfard, Rudfart, Rutherfart, Ruddefork, Ruddeforde, Ruddeford, Ruddefithy and many more.
Early Notables of the Rutherfo family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Andrew Rutherford (d. 1664), Scottish soldier of fortune, created 1st and only Earl of Teviot by Charles... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rutherfo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rutherfo family to Ireland
Some of the Rutherfo family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rutherfo family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the Boernician-Scottish Clan
families who came to North America were Loyalists who went north to Canada after the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border went on to found two of the world's great nations. This century, families with Scottish roots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and clan societies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Rutherfo or a variant listed above: Henry Rutherford, who arrived in Connecticut in 1641; Gaven Rutherford, who came to Maryland in 1670; Dennis Rutherford, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.
The Rutherfo Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nec sorte, nec fato
Motto Translation: Neither by chance nor destiny.