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The name Sutcliffe is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the area known as Sutcliffe which had three locations in the county of Yorkshire. The surname Sutcliffe is a habitation name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname originated as a means of identifying individuals from a particular area. In the Middle Ages people often assumed the name of the place that they originally lived as their surname during the course of travel. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English words sd meaning south and clif meaning slope or cliff. Therefore the original bearers of the name were referred to as the dwellers by the south cliffs.

Sutcliffe Early Origins



The surname Sutcliffe was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The name was originally spelled Cartcliff, later becoming Skatcliffe, late Scaytcliffe, later Scaitliffe, later Scaytcliffe, later Skaitcliff, and later particularly when the branches included Yorkshire, Sutcliffe. From about 1470 the Crossleys acquired Skatclyffe Hall in the parish of Rochdale in Lancashire, and continued a series of intermarriages with their cousins in Yorkshire.

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Sutcliffe Spelling Variations


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Sutcliffe Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Sutcliffe were recorded, including Sutcliff, Sutcliffe, Sutliff, Southcliffe and many more.

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Sutcliffe Early History


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Sutcliffe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sutcliffe research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1550 and 1629 are included under the topic Early Sutcliffe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sutcliffe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sutcliffe Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sutcliffe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Sutcliffe family emigrate to North America:

Sutcliffe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Sutcliffe settled in Virginia in 1729

Sutcliffe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Sutcliffe, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1817
  • George, John, Joseph, Samuel, and William Sutcliffe arrived in Philadelphia between 1841 and 1876
  • Auther Sutcliffe, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906

Sutcliffe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Sutcliffe, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • John Sutcliffe, aged 33, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • John Sutcliffe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849

Sutcliffe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard Sutcliffe, aged 22, a shoemaker, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • Sarah Sutcliffe, aged 28, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • B. Sutcliffe arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • Sarah Sutcliffe arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waterlily" in 1861
  • George Admiral Sutcliffe arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sutcliffe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sutcliffe (post 1700)



  • Charles Inigo "Butch" Sutcliffe (1915-1994), American Major League Baseball player
  • Elmer Ellsworth "Sy" Sutcliffe (1862-1893), American Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1884 to 1892
  • Richard Lee "Rick" Sutcliffe (b. 1956), nicknamed "The Red Baron," American former Major League Baseball starting pitcher, current television sportscaster, winner of the National League Cy Young Award in 1984
  • Harry Sutcliffe (b. 1972), American-British sound engineer, songwriter and musician
  • Irene Sutcliffe (b. 1930), English actress, best known for playing Maggie Clegg on Coronation Street (1968-1975)
  • William "Billy" Herbert Hobbs Sutcliffe (1926-1998), English amateur first-class cricketer
  • Tom Sutcliffe (b. 1943), English opera critic, author and journalist
  • Francis Meadow "Frank" Sutcliffe (1853-1941), English photographic artist
  • Iain John Sutcliffe (b. 1974), former English cricketer
  • Peter David Sutcliffe (b. 1957), English former footballer
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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: Foy en tout
Motto Translation: Faith in all


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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  11. ...

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