Sutton Inspired by Compass

By Charles Guarino

Even the points of the compass played a part in the selection of surnames during medieval times. SUTTON came from "south town", a village name, indicating a family so situated in England.

This ancient surname referred to numerous places including districts, chapelries, parishes, small manors, and farms. One of the earliest of these places of SUTTON ocurred in a Latin charter dated A. D. 727 in Surrey.

The name of Ketel de Suttune appeared in the Domesday Book of Lincolnshire, England in 1086. Alnod Suttune was recorded the same year in Cambridge. Johannes de Sutton was in York in 1379.

The SUTTON name appeared in Ireland during the 15th century. At that time, in certain counties in Ireland, men were directed to take English surnames, dress like Englishmen and swear allegiance to England. The law directed these Irish to take an English surname of a town in some cases, and one of these names was SUTTON. Thus, the name also acquired an Irish background.

As early as 1296, the name of Mariot de Sutton appeared in Scotland in Dunfrieshire.

During the 16th century, Thomas SUTTON was estimated to be the richest commoner in England. He was a mine owner and the founder of the Charterhouse School. Sir John Bland-Sutton was the noted English surgeon and writer. Charles Manners-Sutton was the first Viscount of Canterbury during the 1800's and also became the speaker of he House of Commons.

The SUTTONs arrived on American shores with the early colonists. John SUTTON came to Hingham, MASS., from Norfork, England in 1638.

A family of SUTTONs were among the first settlers of Charleston, Mass.

The SUTTON shield is gold with a green lion between three black crosses.

Submitted by: Judy Archer 1/15/1999

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