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The Ruthwen surname is a Scottish habitation name. That is, the surname is derived from a place name. Some suggest the name is derived from the lands in Perthshire long held by this family.

Ruthwen Early Origins



The surname Ruthwen was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), at Ruthven, a parish in the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire. This noble Scottish family claims to trace its ancestry to Thor, the Scandinavian, who settled in Scotland in the reign of David I (12th C.) [1]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)
It is thought that they held the Barony of Ruthven in Angus about 1050, and then branched into Perthshire.

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Ruthwen Early History


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Ruthwen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruthwen research. Another 453 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1528, 1488, 1582, 1600, 1641, 1673, 1651, 1838, 1921, 1919, 1528, 1552, 1520, 1566, 1541, 1584, 1577, 1600, 1600, 1671, 1701, 1816 and 1819 are included under the topic Early Ruthwen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ruthwen Spelling Variations


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Ruthwen Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Ruthven, Ruthen, Ruthin, Wruthven, Wruthen, Rutheven, Rotheven, Rothveyn and many more.

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Ruthwen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ruthwen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan from early times was William Ruthven, 1st Lord Ruthven (died c. 1528), a Scottish nobleman, Privy Counsellor of Scotland; William Ruthven, 2nd Lord Ruthven (died 1552), a Scottish nobleman, Extraordinary Lord of Session and Keeper of the Privy Seal; Patrick Ruthven (ca.1520-1566) 3rd Lord of Ruthven, Privy...

Another 108 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ruthwen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James Ruthven, who arrived in America in 1785; Neil Ruthven, who was on record in Ontario in 1815; Colin Ruthven, who arrived in Ontario in 1818; Hugh Ruthven, who settled in Ontario in 1818.

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