Shuttlesworth Coat of Arms / Shuttlesworth Family Crest
The surname of SHUTTLESWORTH was a locational name 'of Shuttleworth' a parish of Bury, County Lancashire. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The name was originally derived from the Old English SCYTTELWORT, literally meaning the dweller by the enclosure. Early records of the name mention Thomas Schytylworth who was recorded in County York in the year 1377. Henry de Shuttleworthe of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Richard de Shuttleworth of County Lancashire, was documented during the reign of Edward I (1279-1307). Later instances of the name mention Utred Shuttleworth of County Lancashire who registered at Oxford University in the year 1605. Richard Shuttleworth of Bedfordshire, was documented in the Wills at Chester in 1619. In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another. A family of this name are able to trace their descent from Henry de Shuttleworth, who was recorded in the year 1300. His son, Ughtred, lived at Gawthorpe, near Burnley in Lancashire, where one branch of the family can still be found. Ughtred has survived as a standard given name in this family into modern times. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms. Edward III (1327-1377) appointed two heraldic kings-at-arms for south and north, England in 1340. The English College of Heralds was incorporated by Richard III in 1483-84.
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