Show ContentsTuten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Tuten came to England with the ancestors of the Tuten family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Tuten family lived in Dutton, Lancashire. Today Dutton is a civil parish and village within the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester, but this parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Duntune and literally meant "farmstead at a hill" from the Old English words dun + tun. [1] Dutton is also a civil parish in the Borough of Ribble Valley in Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Tuten family

The surname Tuten was first found in Lancashire where Odard Dutton, nephew of Hugh Lupus was granted the lands of the Barony of Dutton in 1066. He was directly descended from William, Earl of Eu, who married a niece of William the Conqueror. Dutton in Cheshire was an ancient family seat.

"This place, called in Domesday Book Duntune, was the seat of the family of Dutton, who exercised peculiar authority over the musicians and minstrels of the county, under a grant from the Lacys, barons of Walton, requiring them to pay suit and service at a court held before the lord of Dutton, or his deputy, at Chester, every year on Midsummer-day, and to take out a licence for the exercise of their calling." [2]

The township of Ness in Chester was at one time of significance to the family. "This place is mentioned in Domesday Survey as being part of the possessions of Walter de Vernon; in the time of Richard II., it was held by the Duttons under the king as Earl of Chester, in capite, by military service." [2] However the family did not hold the lands for long as "on the marriage of the heiress of that family, 7th James I., to the heir of Thomas, Lord Gerard, Ness became the property of the Gerards, of Gerard's Bromley." [2]

Again in Cheshire, one branch of the family was found at Appleton with Hull. "The manor, with its hamlets of Hull and Stockton, belonged in the reign of Henry III. to Geffrey Dutton, and subsequently passed, with Budworth, to Sir Peter Warburton, Bart. Bradley, another manor, was given by Geffrey, son of Adam de Dutton, to the ancestor of Thomas Daniers or Daniel, whose daughter and heiress, in the reign of Edward III., brought it by marriage to the Savage family." [2]

Early History of the Tuten family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tuten research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1248, 1275, 1332, 1415, 1421, 1459, 1545, 1594, 1624, 1640, 1647 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Tuten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tuten Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Dutton, Duton, Duttone and others.

Early Notables of the Tuten family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Geoffrey Dutton; Sir Thomas Dutton (1421-1459), a medieval English knight who died at the Battle of Blore Heath, Blore Heath, England defending the throne of King Henry VI...
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Tuten Ranking

In the United States, the name Tuten is the 10,548th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Tuten family to Ireland

Some of the Tuten family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Tuten migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Tuten or a variant listed above:

Tuten Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lizzie Tuten, aged 43, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1913
  • Lizzie Tuten, aged 43, who landed in America from London, England, in 1913

Contemporary Notables of the name Tuten (post 1700) +

  • Aaron Daniel Tuten (b. 1985), American recipient of the Air Medal with Valor Device
  • Audley Kendrick Tuten (1915-1994), American NHL professional ice hockey player
  • Melvin Eugene Tuten Jr. (b. 1971), former American NFL offensive tackle
  • Richard Lamar Tuten (b. 1965), American former NFL football punter
  • Frederic Tuten (b. 1936), American novelist, short story writer and essayist
  • John Morrison Tuten (1891-1966), American politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives from Hampton County, 1937-50; Member of South Carolina State Senate from Hampton County, 1951-54, 1959-62 [4]
  • James Russell Tuten (1911-1968), American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Brunswick, Georgia, 1958, 1962; U.S. Representative from Georgia 8th District, 1963-67; Defeated, 1966 [4]

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook