Suttone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Suttone reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Suttone family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Suttone family lived in Somerset, at Sutton Montague.
Early Origins of the Suttone family
The surname Suttone 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." 
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."  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." 
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.
Early History of the Suttone family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Suttone 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 Suttone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Suttone Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Suttone family name include Sutton, Suton, Suttone and others.
Early Notables of the Suttone 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 Suttone family to Ireland
Some of the Suttone family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Suttone family
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Suttone family to immigrate North America: Ambrose Sutton who settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1640; Annis Sutton settled in Virginia in 1639; Dorothy Sutton settled in Barbados in 1679.
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The Suttone 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: Pour y parvenir
Motto Translation: To accomplish it.
- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.