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Soutter Coat of Arms / Soutter Family Crest

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This surname SOUTTER was of the occupational group of surnames meaning 'a female shoemaker or cobbler'. The name was originally derived from the Old French word 'soutar' and was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the occupation names were descriptive and could be varied. In the Middle Ages, at least among the Christian population, people did not usually pursue specialized occupations exclusively to the extent that we do today, and they would, in fact, turn their hand to any form of work that needed to be done, particularly in a large house or mansion, or on farms and smallholdings. In early documents, surnames often refer to the actual holder of an office, whether the church or state. Early records of the name mention Emma le Sowester who was documented during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). Alicia Seuster of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. William Seuster was documented in the year 1400 in the County of Yorkshire. The name was taken to Scotland by early settlers, and Roger Sutor who held land in Dumfries in 1214, appears to be the first of the name recorded in Scotland. Bernard called Sustor held a charter of a house in the tenement of Drumelzier in 1300, and Henry dictus Sutor held land in Perth in 1375. Moricius Sustar and Simon Sutar were charged with being forestallers in Aberdeen in 1402, and several other persons of the name are mentioned there about the same time. (A forestaller was one who buys up the whole stock of goods before they are brought to market). Thomas Suteur, a Scots ship owner, was granted a safe conduct to travel into England in 1438. Johnne Soutare had part of the lands of Wester Banchreis in 1586, and John Suitor and John Sutter were laborers and joiners in Strathdee in 1527.

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