Sutton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Sutton is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Sutton family lived in Somerset, at Sutton Montague.

Early Origins of the Sutton family

The surname Sutton was first found in Nottinghamshire where they were descended from Dreu de Montaigu who came into England at the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. in the train of the Count of Mortain. His first seat was at Sutton Montague in Somerset, and the family later acquired Sutton upon Trent near Tuxford in Nottingham, where they became Lords of the manor and the Barons Dudley.

"Sutton-upon-Trent gave name to this ancient family, the first upon record being Roland, son of Hervey, who lived in the reign of Henry III., and married Alice, daughter and coheiress of Richard de Lexington." [1]

There are countless listings of the place name throughout Britain in the Domesday Book with various spellings due to the literal meaning of the name "south farmstead or village." [2] The parish Averham in Nottinghamshire was an ancient family seat.

"At the time of the siege of Newark, many skirmishes occurred here; and in 1644, the ancient manor-house, then belonging to Robert Sutton, Lord Lexington and Baron of Averham, and which had been the residence of the family from 1250, was destroyed." [3]

However, the church in Averham and Kelham still hold many relics and several ancient memorials to the Suttons. Some of the church windows date back to 1220. On the south wall is a mural monument, adorned with cherubs and armorial bearings, to the memory of the Right Hon. Robert Lord Lexington, having descended from "ye ancient family of ye Suttons."

Kelham Hall has been the present family seat since it was built in the 1860s.

Important Dates for the Sutton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sutton research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1414, 1381, 1382, 1383, 1384, 1385, 1386, 1388, 1391, 1394, 1397, 1399, 1400, 1487, 1428, 1440, 1487, 1425, 1483, 1460, 1532, 1380, 1406, 1310, 1359, 1342, 1397, 1406, 1401, 1594, 1668, 1625, 1640 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Sutton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sutton Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Sutton has been recorded under many different variations, including Sutton, Suton, Suttone and others.

Early Notables of the Sutton family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert Sutton (died 1414), of Lincoln, Lincolnshire, an English politician, one of the wealthiest and most influential merchants in Lincoln, a Member (MP) of the Parliament of England for Lincoln in 1381, 1382, 1383, 1384, 1385, 1386, 1388, 1391, 1394, 1397 and 1399, brother, John Sutton, was also an MP for Lincoln, as was his son, Hamon Sutton; Hervey of Sutton, first Lord of Sutton upon Trent; John Sutton (1400-1487), 1st Baron Dudley, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1428-30 and Member of Parliament from 1440 to 1487; as well as his son, Sir...
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Migration of the Sutton family to Ireland

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

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Suttons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Sutton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Sutton, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [4]
  • Symon Sutton, who landed in New England in 1634 [4]
  • Geo Sutton, who arrived in New England in 1634 [4]
  • George Sutton, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634 [4]
  • Ellin Sutton, aged 20, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [4]
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Sutton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Sutton, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [4]
  • Timo Sutton, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [4]
  • Richard Sutton, who settled in Torbay in 1709
  • Alexander Sutton, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [4]
  • Alexander Sutton, who landed in Virginia in 1717 [4]
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Sutton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Sutton, who landed in America in 1810 [4]
  • Michael Sutton, who arrived in New York in 1811 [4]
  • Demold Sutton, aged 59, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [4]
  • John Sutton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [4]
  • D Sutton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sutton migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sutton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Sutton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Sutton from county Wexford, Ireland, was a boatkeeper of Trepassey, Newfoundland in 1788 [5]
  • John Sutton in Bay de Verde, Newfoundland in 1798 [5]
Sutton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Sutton, who arrived in Halifax or New York in 1811
  • John Sutton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1814
  • Catherine Sutton in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1817 [5]
  • John Sutton in Catalina, Newfoundland in 1822 [5]
  • John Sutton, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sutton migration to Australia

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

Sutton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Sutton, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Richard Sutton, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • Thomas Sutton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Henry Sutton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • William Sutton, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [10]
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Sutton migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Sutton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J Sutton, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Jane
  • John G. Sutton, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Jane" in 1841
  • Thomas Sutton, aged 22, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Jargini Sutton, aged 25, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Robert Sutton, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Sutton (post 1700)

  • Ozell Sutton (1925-2015), African American soldier, one of the first to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps, General President of Alpha Phi Alpha (1985-1988); he was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal by President Barack Obama in 2012
  • Chloe Sutton (b. 1992), American three-time gold medalist swimmer
  • Donald Howard Sutton (b. 1945), American Major League Hall of Fame baseball player
  • Percy Ellis Sutton (b. 1920), American activist, businessman, lawyer, and politician
  • Walter Stanborough Sutton (1877-1916), American physician and geneticist
  • Michael Antony "Tonny" Sutton (1921-2019), English first-class cricket for Oxford University in 1946 and 1947 from Weymouth, Dorset
  • Ritchie Sutton (b. 1986), English footballer
  • James Robert "Jim" Sutton CNZM (b. 1941), English-born, New Zealand politician from 1984–1990 and from 1993–2006
  • Chris Sutton (b. 1973), English footballer
  • Denys Sutton (1917-1991), English editor, and art critic
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Sutton family

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Denis O'Reilly Sutton (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from South Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Kingsley Sutton (1912-1941), Australian Acting Stoker Petty Officer from St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • James Henry Sutton, British Chief Petty Officer Sick Berth aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [12]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Harris Sutton, British Chief Yeoman of Signals, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed into battle of the Java Sea in 1942 and was lost [13]
  • Mr. Sutton, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Sutton, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [13]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Nugent Moore Sutton, English Pantry Steward from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Frank Sutton, English Second Waiter from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [14]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Frederick Sutton (d. 1912), aged 61, American First Class passenger from Haddonfield, New Jersey who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [15]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Clyde Westly Sutton, American Chief Commissary Steward Permanent from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [16]
  • Mr. George Woodrow Sutton, American Storekeeper First Class from Kentucky, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [16]

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Citations

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  11. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  12. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  13. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  14. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  15. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  16. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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