Rutherfurd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Rutherfurd comes from the proud Boernician clans of the Scottish-English border region. The Rutherfurd 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."

Early Origins of the Rutherfurd family

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

Early History of the Rutherfurd family

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Rutherfurd Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Rutherfurd family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661), Scottish principal of St. Mary's College, St. Andrews, born about 1600 in the parish of Nisbet, now part of Crailing, Roxburghshire. [1] Andrew Rutherford (d. 1664), was a Scottish soldier of fortune, created 1st and only Earl of Teviot by Charles II; and Samuel Rutherford (ca. 1600-1661), a Scottish theologian and controversialist, born at Nisbet, Roxburghshire, educated at Edinburgh University, where he...
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Ireland Migration of the Rutherfurd family to Ireland

Some of the Rutherfurd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Rutherfurd family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James and George Rutherford settled in Virginia in 1716; Charles and John Rutherford settled in Boston in 1774; Adam, Alan, James, John, Joseph, Robert, Sarah, William Rutherford all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870..


Contemporary Notables of the name Rutherfurd (post 1700) +

  • Andrew Rutherfurd (1791-1854), Lord Rutherfurd, Scottish jurist, Lord Advocate


The Rutherfurd 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.


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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