Show ContentsTutton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Tutton is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Tutton 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 Tutton family

The surname Tutton 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 Tutton family

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Tutton Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Tutton are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Tutton include Dutton, Duton, Duttone and others.

Early Notables of the Tutton 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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Ireland Migration of the Tutton family to Ireland

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United States Tutton migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Tutton, or a variant listed above:

Tutton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Tutton, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [3]
Tutton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Tutton, aged 18, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1776 [3]
Tutton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gardine Tutton, who landed in America in 1807 [3]

Australia Tutton migration to Australia +

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

Tutton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Tutton, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Canada" in March 1810, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. James Tutton, English convict who was convicted in Southampton, Hampshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 20th August 1830, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. William Tutton, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Dunvegan Castle" on 13th March 1830, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Charles Tutton, (b. 1813), aged 24, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Emma Eugenia" on 2nd November 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Thomas Tutton, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [8]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Tutton (post 1700) +

  • Alexander P. Tutton (1823-1909), American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1876-80 and was Supervisor of Internal Revenue under President Ulysses S. Grant during the Whiskey Ring scandal [9]
  • Alan Tutton (b. 1973), English former professional footballer who made 4 appearances for Maidstone United (1991-1992)
  • Chris Tutton, English contemporary poet, musician, songwriter and playwright
  • Diana Tutton, British novelist, known for her novels Guard Your Daughters (1953), Mamma (1955) and The Young Ones (1959)
  • Chloé Tutton (b. 1996), Welsh gold and four-time bronze medalist breaststroke swimmer from Pontypridd, Wales
  • Alfred E. H. Tutton (1864-1938), British mineralogist; identifier of Tutton's salts; eponym of Tutton Point in Antarctica
  • Aden Tutton (b. 1984), Australian netball player who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics

HMS Royal Oak
  • Albert E. Tutton, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [10]
  • Roy Ernest Tutton (d. 1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]

  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. 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)
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  8. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from
  10. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook