Ruttan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Ruttan 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 Ruttan may also be a local name derived from residence "at the rood;" that is, residence near a crossroads.

Early Origins of the Ruttan family

The surname Ruttan 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 Ruttan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruttan research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1674, 1757 and are included under the topic Early Ruttan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ruttan Spelling Variations

Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Ruttan has occasionally been spelled Rudd, Wrudd, Rutt, Rud, Rut, Roud, Routt, Ruttle and others.

Early Notables of the Ruttan family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Ruttan family to Ireland

Some of the Ruttan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Canada Ruttan migration to Canada +

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Ruttan:

Ruttan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Capt. Peter Ruttan Sr., U.E. (b. 1742) born in Schraalanburgh, New Jersey, USA who settled in Adolphus Town [Adolphustown], Ontario c. 1784 he served in the New Jersey Volunteers, 4th and 3rd Battalions, married to Jannetje Ackerman in 1766 having 9 children, he died in 1829 [1]
  • Mr. William Ruttan U.E. (b. 1759) who settled in Adolphus Town [Adolphustown], Ontario c. 1784 married to Margaret having 8 children, he died in 1843 [1]

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Dale Andrew Ruttan, American Electrician's Mate Third Class from Florida, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [2]


  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
  2. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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