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

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

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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.

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]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sutton research. Another 195 words(14 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 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Sutton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 429 words(31 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sutton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Sutton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • Symon Sutton, who landed in New England in 1634
  • Geo Sutton, who arrived in New England in 1634
  • George Sutton, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Ellin Sutton, aged 20, landed in Virginia in 1635


Sutton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jno Sutton, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Timo Sutton, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Richard Sutton settled in Torbay in 1709
  • Alexr Sutton, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Alexander Sutton, who landed in Virginia in 1717


Sutton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Sutton, who landed in America in 1810
  • Michael Sutton, who arrived in New York in 1811
  • Demold Sutton, aged 59, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • John Sutton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • D Sutton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


Sutton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Sutton from county Wexford, Ireland, was a boatkeeper of Trepassey, Newfoundland in 1788
  • John Sutton in Bay de Verde, Newfoundland in 1798

Sutton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • William Sutton, who arrived in Halifax or New York in 1811
  • Catherine Sutton in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1817
  • John Sutton in Catalina, Newfoundland in 1822
  • Caleb Sutton, who landed in Canada in 1833
  • Henry Sutton, who landed in Canada in 1833


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
  • Richard Sutton, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Thomas Sutton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Henry Sutton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Sutton, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila


Sutton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • J Sutton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Jane
  • John G. Sutton arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Jane" in 1841
  • Thomas Sutton, aged 22, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Jargini Sutton, aged 25, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Robert Sutton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842


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  • Walter Stanborough Sutton (1877-1916), American physician and geneticist
  • Percy Ellis Sutton (b. 1920), American activist, businessman, lawyer, and politician
  • Donald Howard Sutton (b. 1945), American Major League Hall of Fame baseball player
  • Chloe Sutton (b. 1992), American three-time gold medalist swimmer
  • 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
  • Denys Sutton (1917-1991), English editor, and art critic
  • Chris Sutton (b. 1973), English footballer
  • James Robert "Jim" Sutton CNZM (b. 1941), English-born, New Zealand politician from 19841990 and from 19932006
  • Ritchie Sutton (b. 1986), English footballer
  • Mr. Nugent Moore Sutton (d. 1915), English Pantry Steward from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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  • The Fruit of This Tree by Dorothy Sutton Nicolaysen.
  • History of our Moyer, Finn, Sutton, Russell & Related Families by William Finn Moyer.
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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: Pour y parvenir
Motto Translation: To accomplish it.

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  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)

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. 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.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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The Sutton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sutton 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.

This page was last modified on 21 May 2015 at 12:40.

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