Shuter 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.

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, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, where Colin, son of Angus Souter, held lands in 1264.

Early History of the Shuter family

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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)

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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 [1]
  • Peter Shuter, who landed in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1654 [1]

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 [2]
  • William Henry Shuter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Condor" in 1851 [3]
  • 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" [4]

HMS Royal Oak
  • James W.D. Shuter, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [5]

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th January 2020). Retrieved from
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONDOR 1851. Retrieved
  4. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019
  5. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook