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The name Rutherford comes from the proud Boernician clans of the Scottish-English border region. The Rutherford family lived in the Parish of Maxton, where Rutherford was a town, near Roxburghshire. The place name Rutherford is derived from the Old English words "hryder" meaning "cattle" and "ford," which is "a shallow part of a river."

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The surname Rutherford was first found in the Parish of Maxton, town of Rutherford, county Roxburghshire. The first bearers of Rutherford on record were two knights: Gregory and Nicholas de Rutherford.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rutherford, Rutterford, Rudderford, Rudford and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rutherford research. Another 533 words (38 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1215, 1249, 1285, 1296, 1361, 1411, 1413, 1451, 1493, 1448, 1580, 1664, 1st , 1600 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Rutherford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rutherford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Rutherford 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.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rutherford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Rutherford, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Henry Rutherford, who arrived in Connecticut in 1641
  • Gaven Rutherford, who landed in Maryland in 1670
  • Gaven Rutherford, who came to Maryland in 1670
  • Dennis Rutherford, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682
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Rutherford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James and George Rutherford, who settled in Virginia in 1716
  • James and George Rutherford settled in Virginia in 1716
  • Robert Rutherford, who landed in New England in 1735
  • Joseph Rutherford, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
  • Anne Rutherford, who settled in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1766
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Rutherford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Rutherford, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Adam Rutherford, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • Edward Rutherford, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • Archibald Rutherford, who landed in New York in 1831
  • Thomas S Rutherford, aged 31, landed in Missouri in 1844
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Rutherford Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Henry Rutherford U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Rutherford Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Rutherford, aged 25, a wheelwright, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • David Rutherford, who came to Ontario in 1818
  • Alexander Rutherford, who came to Quebec in 1823
  • John Rutherford, aged 59, a carpenter, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Mary Rutherford, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the brig "Susan Maria Brooke" from Donegal, Ireland

Rutherford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Rutherford, aged 26, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • John Rutherford, aged 20, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • Thomas Rutherford, aged 7, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • Walter Rutherford, aged 21, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • William Rutherford, aged 17, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard"
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Rutherford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Rutherford arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • Walter J. Rutherford arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864
  • Wilson Rutherford arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1880
  • Margaret Rutherford arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1880
  • Andrew Rutherford arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1880
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  • Major-General Harry Kenneth Rutherford (1883-1964), American Attached to Office of the Chief of Ordnance (1942-1943)
  • Ann Rutherford (1917-2012), born Therese Ann Rutherford, Canadian-born, American actress in film, radio, and television, best known for her role as Scarlett O'Hara's youngest sister in Gone With the Wind and who starred in the Andy Hardy movies
  • F. S. Rutherford, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1860
  • Elwood Rutherford, American politician, Mayor of Banning, California, 1957-59
  • Dan Rutherford (b. 1955), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 2004, 2008
  • C. H. Rutherford, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Cabell County, 1942
  • Bert C. Rutherford, American Republican politician, Member of Alaska territorial House of Representatives 3rd District, 1953-54
  • Albert Greig Rutherford (1879-1941), American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Superior Court Judge in Pennsylvania, 1932; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 15th District, 1937-41
  • A. N. Rutherford, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Britain; Elected 1920
  • A. G. Rutherford, American politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 6th District, 1933
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Rutherford Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Frederick Rutherford (1869-1914), Canadian First Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Edward Rutherford, British Steward, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
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  • Genealogical History of our Ancestors by William Kenneth Rutherford.
  • Rutherford Gleanings by William A. Yates.
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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.

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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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