Tuthill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Tuthill surname comes from the Old Norse personal name "þorkell," made up of the elements "þórr," or "Thor," name of the Scandinavian god of thunder and "ketill," meaning "a cauldron."

In northern England, the name came directly via Scandinavian settlers, whereas in the South this name arrived with the Normans. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the Old English expression "tot-hyll" as in "dweller by the look-out hill." [1]

"Many spots are so called in all parts of England. A hill with a good outlook against an enemy's approach." [2]

Early Origins of the Tuthill family

The surname Tuthill was first found in either Toot Hill, Essex; or Tothill, Lincolnshire and Middlesex; or at Tootle Height, Lancashire. The earliest record of the name was Giolber de Totehille, who was listed as a Knight Templar in 1185. [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Custance Totel in Cambridgeshire, 1273; and Roger Tothull in Oxfordshire. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls list: Johannes de Totehill; Willelmus de Totehill; Johannes de Tutill; Agnes filius Thome de Totehil; and John de Totehill. [2]

Early History of the Tuthill family

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Tuthill Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Turtle, Tuttle, Tuttall, Tuttell, Tuthill, Tottle, Tottehull, Tootell, Tuthall, Tothill, Toothill, Toutehill and many more.

Early Notables of the Tuthill family (pre 1700)

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Tuthill Ranking

In the United States, the name Tuthill is the 12,499th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Tuthill family to Ireland

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

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tuthill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Tuthill, who settled in Long Island in 1630
  • Henry Tuthill, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635 [4]
  • Henry Tuthill and his wife settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637
  • John Tuthill, who landed in New Haven, Connecticut in 1644 [4]
  • Jane Tuthill, who arrived in Maryland in 1675 [4]
Tuthill Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George Tuthill, aged 21, who immigrated to America from Belfast, in 1904
  • Georgina Tuthill, aged 22, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1910
  • Clara Tuthill, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Gertrude Tuthill, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • Ferguson Tuthill, aged 33, who landed in America from London, England, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Tuthill migration to Australia +

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

Tuthill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Tuthill, English convict who was convicted in Norwich, Norfolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the ""Blenheim"" on 24th July 1850, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) and Norfolk Island, Australia [5]

New Zealand Tuthill 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:

Tuthill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Jane Tuthill, aged 21, a housemaid, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Queen" in 1883 [6]

West Indies Tuthill migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [7]
Tuthill Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • George Tuthill who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and servants

Contemporary Notables of the name Tuthill (post 1700) +

  • James Joseph Tuthill (b. 1976), American former NFL football placekicker who played from 2001 to 2002
  • Harry J. Tuthill (1886-1957), American cartoonist, best known for his comic strip The Bungle Family
  • Joseph Hasbrouck Tuthill (1811-1877), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York, nephew of Selah Tuthill
  • John Wills Tuthill (1910-1996), American career diplomat, United States Ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels (1962-1966) and U.S. Ambassador to Brazil (1966-1969)
  • Mary Tuthill Lindheim (1912-2004), born Mary Barbara Tuthill, American sculptor and studio potter
  • William Burnet Tuthill (1855-1929), American architect celebrated for designing New York City's Carnegie Hall
  • Selah Tuthill (1771-1821), American politician from New York, Member of the New York State Assembly (1804-1805)
  • C. D. Tuthill, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 15th District, 1865 [8]
  • Bill Tuthill, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 8th District, 1998 [8]
  • Austin C. Tuthill, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Britain, 1908 [8]
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 12th November 2011). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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