Where did the English Sutton family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the Sutton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
Sutton is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Sutton family lived in Somerset, at Sutton Montague.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Sutton 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 Sutton include Sutton, Suton, Suttone and others.
First found in Nottinghamshire where they were descended from Dreu de Montaigu who came into England at the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
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 Sutton, or a variant listed above: Ambrose Sutton who settled in Charlestown Mass. in 1640; Annis Sutton settled in Virginia in 1639; Dorothy Sutton settled in the Barbados in 1679; Daniell Sutton settled in Pennsylvania in 1683.
Motto Translated: To accomplish it.
Suggested Readings for the name Sutton
* The Fruit of This Tree by Dorothy Sutton Nicolaysen.
* History of our Moyer, Finn, Sutton, Russell & Related Families by William Finn Moyer.
Some noteworthy people of the name Sutton
* Donald Howard Sutton (b. 1945), American, professional (Major League) hall of fame baseball player.
* Percy Ellis Sutton (b. 1920), American activist, businessman, lawyer, and politician
* Walter Stanborough Sutton (1877-1916), American physician and geneticist
* Denys Sutton (1917-1991), English, editor, and art critic
* Sir Frederick Sutton, Chairman of the Sutton Group