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Utton Family.

My Sister in Law's family name is Utton. Originally I only had minimal research on her family. in 2011 I discovered an Utton in the Weakley/Van Ryeneveld data. Her name was Gladys Beryl Utton. It turned out she was an avid genealogist. She provided some of the core research into the Utton family. At this time there is no relation to my sister in law.

Accordingly in the Utton data (on this site) there a two parallel families. I am 95% convinced the two legs are connected and or related in the mists of time. I am, as yet, unable to find the connection.

In Gladys Beryl Uttons article she writes "The Utton or Utting family settled in Leigh from Great Glenham in Suffolk in 1821. John Utton is said to have swum across the the Crouch to avoid the constables and his wife Ann (Baxter) walked from Suffolk to Leigh. There were already both Baxter and Hutton families in Leigh...."

In one short paragraph she outlined the complexities of researching this family as she uses three permutations of the surname - Utton, Utting and Hutton! records as follows:-
" This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from a parish and village thus called near Liverpool in Lancashire. Recorded as "Hitune" in the Domesday Book of 1086, and as "Hutona" in Early Lancashire Charters, dated 1189, the component elements of the placename are the Olde English pre 7th Century "hyth", landing-place, with "tun", village, settlement; hence, "settlement by a landing-place". Locational surnames, such as this, were originally given to local landowners, and the lord of the manor, and especially as a means of identification to those who left their place of origin to settle elsewhere. Regional and dialectal differences subsequently gave rise to several variations on the original spelling of the name, which in the modern idiom is found as Hutton, Huton, Utton, Huyhton and Huyton. Occasionally, this surname may be confused with those deriving directly from any of the various places in Lancashire, and elsewhere, called Hutton, but these places are almost invariably recorded as "Hotun" in the Domesday Book of 1086, and have the Olde English "hoh", hill-spur, as their initial element..."

The House of Names records as follows:- "The surname Utton was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat and it is presumed that they gave their name to the town Itingston near Huntly in Aberdeenshire. However, there is a record of an Utting of Cresswell about 1190 and the name also appears in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in England about the same time."

An interesting part of this family are the Uttons who went to Australia. They were skilled tradesmen and craftsmen. In 1906 the great earthquake hit San Francisco and essentially destroyed it. The Australian Uttons decided to seek their fortune rebuilding San Francisco. On their way there they passed through New Mexico and were so taken by the countryside they decided to remain there and never made it to San Francisco. There is a large family contingent still there to this day. Orion Utton started Utton's dairy which had about 1250 customers at its peak and offered home delivery of a large variety of dairy produce including - milk, cream, ice cream, whipping cream, buttermilk, cottage cheese and eggs. They made their last home delivery on 31 May 1989.

Utton Coat of Arms

Neither the Encyclopędia of Heraldry, Or General Armory of England, Scotland and Ireland nor Fairbairn's Book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland record a coat of arms for the Utton family. My research, however, shows some indication that the Utton shield is a silver or white shield with three red roses two and one. ie two roses in the top left and top right corners of the shield and and one central rose in the bottom of the shield.

The crest appears to be a silver/white torse with a plume of five red and white/silver feathers of which three are red and two are white/silver.

Commercial versions show red and silver/white mantling but I was unable to determine the veracity of this.

There are records of some 730 Utton family members who are no longer alive on this website. There are additional records of about 170 living members of this family in the databases as well. The living records are available on request. (See the request link below)

The 4950 Utton records may be seen here.

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