Tytler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tytler family

The surname Tytler was first found in Haddingtonshire where they were descended from the distinguished family of Seaton who were granted their lands by King Malcom Canmore of Scotland (1058-1093). "The Scottish family of this name are stated to be a younger branch of the noble house of Seton. The ancestor is said to have fled into France temp. James IV., in consequence of having slain a gentleman in a sudden quarrel at a hunting match, and there to have adopted, for concealment, the name of Tytler. His two sons, bearing the same name, returned to Scotland with Queen Mary. " [1] While this exciting story is indeed of interest, most believe that it is improbable. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, list: Richard le Titteler; Symon le Titteler; and Symon le Tuteler all in Suffolk. [2]

Early History of the Tytler family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tytler research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1747, 1813, 1791, 1849, 1249, 1603, 1745, 1804 and 1784 are included under the topic Early Tytler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tytler Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tytler, Titler, Tattler, Tatler and others.

Early Notables of the Tytler family (pre 1700)

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United States Tytler migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tytler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Tytler, who arrived in New York in 1823

New Zealand Tytler 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:

Tytler Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Stuart Tytler, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
  • George Tytler, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
  • George M Tytler, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • John S Tytler, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Tytler (post 1700) +

  • Henry William Tytler (1752-1808), Scottish physician and translator, born at Fearn, Forfarshire, younger brother of James Tytler, and the son of George Tytler (d. 1785), minister of Fearn
  • William Tytler (1711-1792), Scottish historian, son of Alexander Tytler, writer in Edinburgh
  • Alexander Fraser Tytler (1747-1813), Lord Woodhouselee, Scottish historian and general writer, born in Edinburgh, eldest son of William Tytler of Woodhouselee [3]
  • James Tytler (1747-1805), Scottish scholar and eccentric, commonly called "Balloon Tytler" from his having made the first balloon ascension in Scotland
  • Patrick Fraser Tytler (1791-1849), Scottish author of a large history of Scotland and of other works, son of Alexander Tytler


The Tytler 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: Occultus non extinctus
Motto Translation: Hidden, not extinguished.


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019


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