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Early Origins of the Shuttleword family

The surname Shuttleword was first found in Lancashire, at Shuttleworth, an ecclesiastical parish, in the parish and poor-law union of Bury, hundred of Salford. Today it is a hamlet at the northeastern extremity of the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, in Greater Manchester. [1]

The place name Shuttleworth derives from the Old English words "scyttels" + "worth" and literally means "gated enclosure." Early spellings of the hamlet included Suttelsworth in 1227 and Shuttelesworthe in 1296. [2]

As one might expect, the name could have been an occupational name for someone involved in either making shuttles or as a trade. In this case, the name was derived from the Old English word "scytel, or the Middle English words shittle, schetylle, schutylle, an instrument used in weaving, a shuttle, and the surnames denote a maker of shuttles or, more probably, 'a weaver' " [3]

"The Shuttleworths of Shuttleworth Hall, in the parish of Whalley, Lancashire, were in residence there as early as 3 Edward III (1339), when Henry de Shuttleworth died seised of it and eight oxgangs." [4]

"Shuttleworth is the name of a Lancashire village. Shuttleworth Hall, in the parish of Whalley, was the original seat of the family of the name before their removal, in the reign of Richard II., to Gawthorpe, where they still resided in the 17th century; fifty years ago the early seat of the family was occupied as a farmhouse; the Shuttleworths of Hacking, who flourished from the 13th to the 16th century, were a branch of this family. In 1588 Serjant Shuttleworth contributed £25 to the Armada Fund (Sp.). The Shuttleworths represented Preston in Parliament at different times during the 17th and 18th centuries. The name is also established in the Leeds district of the West Riding [of Yorkshire]. There is also a Derbyshire village thus called." [5]

There are records in Scotland, but "this surname, recorded in Dumfriesshire, is most probably of recent introduction from England. It is of local origin from Shuttleworth in the parish of Bury, Lancashire." [6]

Early History of the Shuttleword family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shuttleword research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1399, 1587, 1618, 1632, 1640, 1648, 1654, 1662, 1669, 1675, 1689, 1723, 1724, 1728, 1734 and 1835 are included under the topic Early Shuttleword History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shuttleword Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shuttleworth, Shettleworth, Shottleworth and many more.

Early Notables of the Shuttleword family

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Kay Shuttleworth; Richard Shuttleworth (1587-1669), an English politician, High Sheriff of Lancashire in 1618 and Member of Parliament for Preston (1640-1648); and Obadiah Shuttleworth (died 1734), English composer, violinist and Organist of St Michael, Cornhill (1723-1734.) Obadiah Shuttleworth (1675?-1734), organist, son of Thomas Shuttleworth of Spitalfields, teacher of music, and a transcriber of Corelli's works when they were in great demand in England, was born in London about 1675. He practised at home with his brothers, and became so excellent a violinist that he took part in the concerts of Thomas Britton, and...
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Migration of the Shuttleword family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Edward, James, John, Richard and Samuel Shuttleworth all settled in Philadelphia, Penn. between 1834 and 1868; John Shettleworth settled in Barbados in 1634.

The Shuttleword 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: Utile dulce
Motto Translation: The useful with the agreeable.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Baines Thomas & William Fairbairn, Lancashire and Cheshire, Past and Present History of Counties London: William MacKenzie, 1867, Digital, 4 vols
  5. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  6. 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) on Facebook