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Shutter Coat of Arms / Shutter Family Crest

Shutter Coat of Arms / Shutter Family Crest

The surname of SHUTTER is also spelt Shute, Shutte and Shooter, and was a locational name 'of Shute' a parish in County Devon, two miles from Colyton. A name familiar to the West Country. Local names usually denoted where a man held his lands, and indicated where he actually lived. The name was also an occupational name 'the shooter' one who got his living by shooting bird. Early records of the name mention Robert atte SHOETER, who was documented in Somerset, during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). Johannes SCHOTER of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. John SHUTER married Ann Seller at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1794. Nevil Shute (1899-1960) was the pseudonym of Nevil Shute Norway, the English novelist, born in Ealing. He served in World War I and immediately afterwards began an aeronautical career. He was chief calculator of the Airship Guarantee Company during the construction of the airship R 100, and he flew the Atlantic twice in her. He emigrated to Australia after World War II. His novels include 'The Pied Piper' (1942) and 'A Town Like Alice'. He published his autobiography 'Slide Rule' in 1954. Surnames as we recognise them today are believed to have been introduced by the Normans after the Invasion of 1066. The first mention of such names appears in the Domesday Book and they were progressively adopted between the 11th and 15th centuries. It was the nobles and upper classes who first assumed a second name, setting them apart from the common people who continued to use only the single name given to them at birth. It was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that it became common practice to use a secondary name, originally a name reflecting the place of birth, a nickname, an occupational name or a baptismal name which had been passed on from a parent to the child, as an additional means of identification. The eagle depicted in the crest is emblematical of fortitude and magnanimity of mind. The Romans used the figure of an eagle for their ensign, and their example has been often followed. It is the device of Russia, Austria, Germany and the United States of America.

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