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Rutt Coat of Arms Meaning

The four main devices (symbols) in the Rutt blazon are the lion rampant, fret, sun and cross engrailed. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and argent.

Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.3A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.

There can be no animal more clearly associated with Heraldry than the lion, majestic King of the Beasts. Originally it appeared only in one pose, erect, on one paw, with the others raised 6Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 64 but such was the popularity of this figure, and the need to distinguish arms from each other, that it soon came to be shown in an enormous range of forms 7Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P136-141. The lion rampant is an example of these modified form, and any family would be proud to have such a noble creature displayed on their arms. Rampant is the default attitude of the lion, raised on its hind legs, facing to the dexter and with front paws extended in a fearsome and powerful pose.

The fret is a striking charge, often occupying the whole of the field and being two instersecting diagonal lines interlaced with the outline of a square. 8A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Fret It is believed to be derived from the image of a fishing net, which it does indeed resemble, and hence Wade believes that it should signify persuasion, although other writers regard it separately as the “the heraldic true lovers knot” 9The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P118

The sun was long used as a potent symbol before the advent of heraldry and brought some of that existing meaning with it. In conventional heraldry it is normally borne in its splendour, that is with a face and a large number of alternating straight and wavy rays. 10A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sun It can also be seen issuing from behind clouds, and in some cases a demi or half sun coming from the base, reflecting either the dawn, or perhaps as it appears in the arms of WESTWORTH, with the sunset. 11A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P296

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Rutt Name

Rutt Origin:

England

Origins of Rutt:

Listed in many spellings as shown below, this is an English surname. It has two possible sources. The origin of the name may be a byname used for a happy person. If so then the origin is the Old English pre 7th-century word “rot” which means happy. The second origin of the name may be a metonymic professional name for a musician, one who played the “rote,” an old fast instrument. The word “rote” is itself similar with the Welsh “crwth,” and explains a form of dwelling. The surname is one of the very earliest listed, though it is considerable as to whether the original holder or holders would identify it like this. In old times, professional surnames only became inherited, when a son supported the father into the similar profession. The importance of this surname was very early with Walter Rote showing in the record of the Knight champions, the famous champions, for the district of Lincolnshire in 1185. New spellings of the surname are known to contain as Root, Roote, Rutt, and the nicknames as Rootes and Roots. Previous examples of the name recording contain as James Rutt of the district of Suffolk in 1524 when he appears in the Hearth Tax Rolls, Edward, the son of Isaac and Mary Root, who named in March 1621 at All Hallows’s parish, London Wall, City of London, while John Root was one of the earliest settlers in the colony of Virginia, New England. He appears in the oldest “muster” of the colony as living on Hog Island, in February 1624.

Variations:

More common variations are: Rutty, Rutta, Wrutt, Ruitt, Routt, Rutto, Rutti, Rutte, Reutt, Ruttu.

Wales:

The surname Rutt first appeared in Carmarthenshire, located in Southwest Wales, one of thirteen old districts and presently one of the main area in Wales, where they held a family seat from old times, some say well before the Norman invasion and the entrence of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 AD.

England:

The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Aethelstan Rota, dated about 955, in the “Old English Records.” It was during the time of King Ethelredb11, who was known to be the “The Unready,” dated 978-1016. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling varieties of the original one.

Ireland:

Many of the people with surname Rutt had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Rutt landed in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Rutt who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Jeremiah Rutt, who came to Virginia in 1640.

Individuals with the surname Rutt who landed in the United States in the 18th century included Chr Rutt, who landed in America in 1731. Mich Rutt, aged 56, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733. William Rutt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1760. Christian Rutt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782.

The following century saw more Rutt surnames arrive. Some of the people with the name Rutt who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Helfrich Rutt landed in New York, NY in 1876.

Australia:

Some of the individuals with the surname Rutt who landed in Australia in the 19th century included Jane Rutt, Lucy Rutt, George Rutt, Daniel Rutt and Martha Rutt, all arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Hooghly” in the same year 1839.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Rutt: United Stats 2,318; England 801; Germany 370; Canada 181; Australia 80; Russia 75; Argentina 75; Costa Rica 29; Scotland 20; New Zealand 19.

Notable People:

Christian Ludwig Rutt (October 8, 1859 – 1936) was a managing editor.

Cecil Richard Rutt CBE (August 1925–July 2011) was an English Roman Catholic priest and an old Anglican priest.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (co. Buckingham). Gu. two lions ramp. ar. on a canton or, a fret sa. Crest—A sun in splendour or.
2) Ar. a cross engr. gu.

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1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
2. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
3. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77
4. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
5. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
6. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 64
7. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P136-141
8. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Fret
9. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P118
10. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sun
11. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P296