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The present generation of the Satterthwaite family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the ancient chapelry of Satterthwaite found near Hawkeshead in Lancashire. This surname was originally derived from the Old English elements soetr meaning shield and pveit meaning pasture. [1]

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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Satterthwaite include Satterthwaite, Satherthwaite, Satterthwater and many more.

First found in Cumbria at Satterthwaite, historically in Lancashire. The village dates back to at least 1336 when it was listed as Sterthwayt. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Satterthwaite research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Satterthwaite History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Satterthwaite were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Satterthwaite Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • James Satterthwaite settled in New Jersey in 1678
  • James Satterthwaite, who arrived in New Jersey in 1678

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  • Linton Satterthwaite Jr. (1897-1978), American Maya archaeologist and epigrapher
  • Mark Satterthwaite, American Professor at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University who co-developed the Gibbard-Satterthwaite theorem and the Myerson-Satterthwaite theorem
  • Joseph Satterthwaite (1900-1990), American diplomat, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka (1949-1953), Burma (19551957) and South Africa (1961-1965)
  • Rt. Rev. John Satterthwaite (1925-2014), Bishop of Fulham and Gibraltar (1970-1980)
  • Joe Satterthwaite (b. 1885), English footballer from Cockermouth who played from 1906 though 1909, brother of Charlie Satterthwaite
  • Charles Oliver "Charlie" Satterthwaite (1877-1948), English footballer who played from 1896 to 1910
  • John Steven Satterthwaite (1928-2016), Australian Roman Catholic clergyman, Bishop of Lismore (1971-2001)
  • Phyllis Helen Satterthwaite (1889-1962), British two-time Wimbledon winning tennis player
  • Amy Ella Satterthwaite (b. 1986), New Zealand cricketer who played for New Zealand at the 2009 Women's Cricket World Cup


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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