Show ContentsShuter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Shuter began among the ancestors of the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. It was a name for a cobbler. The name is derived from the Old English word soutere, which in turn comes from the Old Norse word sutare, which means shoemaker or cobbler. [1] [2]

We include this excerpt from a 16th century play:

"Of that surname I neid nocht be aschomit

For I con mak schone, butekins and buittis:

Gif me the coppie of the king's cuittis,

And ye sail se, richt sune, quhat I can do."

Sir David Lindsay, Ane Satyre of the Thrie Esteaites, June 1552.

Roughly translated into more modern English:

"Of that surname I need not be ashamed, for I can make schone, butekins, and buittis" (boots) "give me a copy of the king's cuittis and ye shall see, right soon, what I can do."

Early Origins of the Shuter family

The surname Shuter was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire.

The first on record was Roger Sutor who held land in Dumfries, a. 1214, and later, Kolin, son of Anegus the Souter, was present at the pleas held at Dull in Angus in 1264. Bernard called Sutor had a charter of a house in the tenement of Drumelzier, c. 1300-1320. Fynlai sutor was prepositus of Stirling, 1327, and in 1330 Symon sutor was prepositus of the burgh of Culan. [3]

Further south in England, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 recorded John le Suter, Cambridgeshire; and William le Sutere, Cambridgeshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 elude to the occupational nature of the name: Johannes de Morton, souter; Johannes Schether, souter; Johannes Sowter, sutor; and Adam Souterson, souiert. [4]

Early History of the Shuter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shuter research. Another 369 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1375, 1422, 1438, 1663, 1375, 1402, 1422, 1438, 1110, 1457, 1511, 1586, 1460, 1663, 1527, 1464, 1633 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Shuter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shuter Spelling Variations

Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Shuter has been written Souter, Suter, Sutar, Souttar, Soutar, Sutter, Shuter and many more.

Early Notables of the Shuter family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Shuter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Shuter migration to the United States +

Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Shuter:

Shuter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Shuter, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [5]
  • Peter Shuter, who landed in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1654 [5]

Australia Shuter migration to Australia +

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

Shuter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Shuter, British convict who was convicted in Warwick, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 19th November 1827, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Francis Shuter, (Shooter, Suton, Sutor, Suttor), (b. 1815), aged 19, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years for house breaking, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 27th September 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • William Henry Shuter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Condor" in 1851 [8]
  • John Shuter, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"

Contemporary Notables of the name Shuter (post 1700) +

  • Edward Shuter (1728-1776), English actor, "born of obscure parents in Vine Street, St. Giles's, London, in a house occupied by one Merit or Meritt, a chimney-sweep" [9]

HMS Royal Oak
  • James W.D. Shuter, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [10]

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  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. 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)
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  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from
  8. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONDOR 1851. Retrieved
  9. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019
  10. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook