Show ContentsShutt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Shutt 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 Shutt family

The surname Shutt 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 Shutt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shutt research. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1268, 1500, 1506, 1542, 1545, 1563, 1567, 1584, 1588, 1590, 1595, 1610, 1621, 1632, 1643, 1654, 1659, 1661, 1662, 1665, 1666, 1696, 1698, 1722, 1742 and 1764 are included under the topic Early Shutt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shutt Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Shutt family

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...
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Shutt Ranking

In the United States, the name Shutt is the 6,678th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 6

Ireland Migration of the Shutt family to Ireland

Some of the Shutt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Shutt migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shutt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Shutt, who arrived in Maryland in 1670-1671 7
  • Jean Shutt, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 7
Shutt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Shutt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 7
Shutt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Shutt, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 7

Australia Shutt migration to Australia +

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

Shutt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Walter Shutt, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia 8
  • Mr. Thomas Shutt, British Convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl St Vincent" on 6th April 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 9

Contemporary Notables of the name Shutt (post 1700) +

  • William E. Shutt, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Illinois, 1893-97 10
  • Philip Leslie Shutt, American politician, Delegate to Iowa convention to ratify 21st amendment from Buchanan County, 1933 10
  • George W. Shutt, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1868 10
  • Edwin E. Shutt, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Monroe County 5th District, 1909 10
  • Herbert Shutt (1879-1922), English first-class cricketer
  • Albert Shutt (b. 1952), retired English cricketer
  • George Shutt (1861-1936), English international footballer
  • Carl Shutt (b. 1961), retired English professional footballer
  • David Trevor Shutt OBE, PC (b. 1942), Baron Shutt of Greetland, a British politician, Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard and Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords (2010-2012)
  • Stephen John Shutt (b. 1952), retired Canadian ice hockey player, five-time Stanley Cup champion

The Shutt 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.

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  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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. 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)
  8. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from
  9. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 10th September 2021). Retrieved from
  10. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from on Facebook