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Where did the English Satterthwaite family come from? What is the English Satterthwaite family crest and coat of arms? When did the Satterthwaite family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Satterthwaite family history?

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]


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]


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


  • 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
  • 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. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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The Satterthwaite Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Satterthwaite Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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