Rutt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Rutt is derived from the Old English root "rud-," a component in the words "rudig," which means "ruddy," and "ruddoc," which means "red-breast." The surname was originally a nickname for a ruddy complexioned or red-haired person, or perhaps for someone who habitually wore the color red. The surname Rutt may also be a local name derived from residence "at the rood;" that is, residence near a crossroads.

Early Origins of the Rutt family

The surname Rutt was first found in Carmarthenshire (Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin), located in Southwest Wales, one of thirteen historic counties and presently one of the principal area in Wales, where they held a family seat from very ancient times; some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Rutt family

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Rutt Spelling Variations

Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Rutt have included Rudd, Wrudd, Rutt, Rud, Rut, Roud, Routt, Ruttle and others.

Early Notables of the Rutt family (pre 1700)

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Rutt Ranking

In the United States, the name Rutt is the 12,959th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Rutt family to Ireland

Some of the Rutt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Rutt migration to the United States +

Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Rutt:

Rutt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jeremiah Rutt, who arrived in Virginia in 1640 [2]
Rutt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Chr Rutt, who landed in America in 1731 [2]
  • Mich Rutt, aged 56, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [2]
  • William Rutt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1760 [2]
  • Christian Rutt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782 [2]
Rutt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Helfrich Rutt, aged 20, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 [2]

Australia Rutt migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Rutt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Rutt, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 20th August 1830, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Mr. George Rutt, English convict who was convicted in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 20th January 1836, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. John Rutt, English convict who was convicted in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 20th January 1836, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • jane Rutt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [5]
  • Lucy Rutt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Rutt (post 1700) +

  • John Towill Rutt (1760-1841), English politician and man of letters, born in London, only son of George Rutt, at first a druggist in Friday Street, Cheapside, and afterwards a wholesale merchant in drugs in Upper Thames Street


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/elphinstone
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm


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