Shute History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Shute family had a variety of origins as variations of the name had several meanings in ancient England. The name could have meant "dweller at a Shoot or Shut, i.e. a narrow lane or avenue" from the Old English words "shoot" or "shut" or it could have been a name for an "archer" from the Old English word "scytta" and finally, it could have been a nickname for someone who was "quick" or "ready" from the Old English word "sceot." [1]

But the more likely origin of the name was as a local name from either Devon or Wiltshire.

Early Origins of the Shute family

The surname Shute was first found in Wiltshire at Chute, a civil parish that includes the village of Upper Chute and the smaller settlements of Lower Chute, Chute Standen, Chute Cadley and Chute Forest.

Alternatively the name could have originated from Shute, a parish, in the union of Axminster, hundred of Colyton in Devon. This place name dates back to c. 1200 when it was listed as Schieta and literally meant "the corner or angle of land." [2] The Old Shute House located nearby is now an impressive edifice that dates back to a simple building built in 1380. It is currently held by the National Trust. "The Shutes of Gillingham bear the name of an old Devonshire family and of a Devonshire parish." [3]

To confuse matters more, another source claims the family came from "the castle of Shute, in Normandy, France." [4]

Somerset was a stronghold of the family in early years as Kirby's Quest listed: Robert atte Shoete; Simon atte Sheote; William atte Shote; and Walter atte Shotte, Somerset as all residing there "1 Edward III," or in other words "during the first year's reign of King Edward III." [5]

Early History of the Shute family

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Shute Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shute, Chute, Chewte, Shutes and others.

Early Notables of the Shute family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Philip Chute or Chowte (c. 1506-1567), of Horne Place, Appledore, Kent, an English politician, Member of Parliament for Winchelsea 1542 and 1545; Sir Robert Chute, Justice of the Queen's Bench, 1584; Anthony Chute ( fl. 1590s; died 1595), an Elizabethan poet and pamphleteer; John Shute (d. 1563), an English artist and architect; Josias Shute (also Josiah) (1588-1643), an English churchman, rector of St Mary Woolnoth in London, Archdeacon of Colchester, and...
Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shute Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Shute family to Ireland

Some of the Shute family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Shute migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shute Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Lionel Shute from Ipswich, England, who arrived in America in 1639
  • James and Hanna Shute, who settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Martin Shute, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [6]
  • William Shute, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 [6]
Shute Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Shute, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1703 [6]
  • Mary Shute, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1731-1732 [6]
  • Jacob Shute, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [6]
  • James Shute, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [6]

Canada Shute migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shute Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Nathan Shute, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ms. Susannah Shute U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 106 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [7]

Australia Shute migration to Australia +

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

Shute Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Shute, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Diadem" in 1840 [8]
  • Jane Shute, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Diadem" in 1840 [8]
  • Henry Shute, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [9]
  • Dorothea Shute, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [10]
  • Elizabeth Shute, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Shute migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Shute Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas William Shute, (b. 1814), aged 27, British labourer travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [11]
  • Miss Elizabeth Shute, (b. 1828), aged 35, British laundress, from Devonshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Metropolis" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th June 1863 [12]
  • Thomas Shute, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in Napier aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • Miss Mary J. Shute, (b. 1851), aged 28, Cornish general servant departing on 5th June 1879 aboard the ship "Glenlora" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 18th August 1879 [13]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shute (post 1700) +

  • Herman Densmore "Denny" Shute (1904-1974), American golfer who won 16 wins on the PGA tour, inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame
  • Nevil Shute (1899-1960), pen name of Nevil Shute Norway, English-born, Australian novelist and aeronautical engineer
  • John W. Shute (1840-1922), American banker, founder of the first bank in Washington County, Oregon, eponym of Shute Park and Shute Road in Hillsboro, Oregon
  • Henry Shute (1856-1943), American lawyer and author best known for his "Plupy" stories in The Saturday Evening Post
  • Samuel Shute (1662-1742), English-born, American military officer and royal governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay
  • Steve Shute, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 2012 [14]
  • Michael Shute, American politician, Delegate to Socialist National Convention from Young People's Socialist League, 1960 [14]
  • John Raymond Shute (b. 1904), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 19th District, 1935 [14]
  • Frank C. Shute, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1924 [14]
  • Elena B. Shute, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Belfast, Maine, 1951-54 (acting, 1951-54) [14]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Harry L Shute (b. 1901), English Leading Cook (O) serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [15]


The Shute Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortune de guerre
Motto Translation: The fortune of war.


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque DIADEM 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Diadem.htm
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  10. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 4th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1854.shtml.
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  14. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  15. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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