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

The bountiful region surrounding the Rhine river is the birthplace of the name Shutt. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname found in the Rhineland was the local name, a name taken on from a place-name. Originally denoting the proprietorship of a village or estate, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Shutt was given to someone who lived in the region of Schuetz in various areas of Germany.


In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Shutt include Schuetze, Schuett, Schuette, Schuetzmann and others.

First found in the Rhineland valley, where this old family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Numerous family members bearing this name were prominent in social affairs. The family, as it spread throughout Germany, played a fundamental role in many regions as they emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System. Chronicles first mention Johann Scuette of Luebeck in 1319 and Woelfel Schuetze of Eger in 1320.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shutt research. Another 499 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1539, 1756, 1497, 1562, 1540, 1594, 1562, 1565, 1585, 1672, 1640, 1690, 1776 and 1847 are included under the topic Early Shutt History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 183 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shutt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Shutt, or one of its variants above:

Shutt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Shutt, who arrived in Maryland in 1670-1671
  • Jean Shutt, who arrived in Maryland in 1680

Shutt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Shutt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754

Shutt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Shutt, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

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


  • Herbert Shutt (1879-1922), English first-class cricketer
  • Albert Shutt (b. 1952), retired English cricketer
  • David Trevor Shutt OBE , PC (b. 1942), Baron Shutt of Greetland, British Liberal Democrat politician
  • George Shutt (1861-1936), English international footballer
  • Carl Shutt (b. 1961), retired English professional footballer
  • Stephen John Shutt (b. 1952), retired Canadian ice hockey player, five-time Stanley Cup champion


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The Shutt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shutt 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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