The surname of CUTTELAR was an occupational name 'the cutler' a maker of knives. This was a common trade name in Yorkshire in early times. Originally the name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066, and CUTLERE (without surname) appears to be the first of the name recorded, which was in 1086. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conquerer. It is known as the Domesday Book. Other records of the name mention Saleman le Cotiler, 1273, County Yorkshire. Ricardus Cottelar, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. William Cutler married Marye Norbene at St. Mary, Aldermary, London in the year 1637. The Cutlers of Orroland, parish of Berwick are said to have obtained lands from the monks of Dundrennan Abbey in 1437. The local tradition is that the first of the Cutlers who came to the parish was employed in sharpening the tools of the masons engaged in the erection of the abbey and thereby acquired their name.
Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory.
Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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