Sutherland Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Sutherland Origin:


Origins of Sutherland:

The surname of Sutherland has a locational element to its origin. This means that it was often taken by the Lord or owner of the land from which the name derives. Others who may have take a locational surname are people who have migrated out of the area to seek out work. The easiest way to identify someone who was a stranger at that time was by the name of their birthplace. In the case of the surname of Sutherland, it originates from a county named Sutherland. The surname itself comes from the Old Norse word of “suthroen” which can be translated to mean “southern” and the addition of the word “land.”


More common variations are: Sutherlan, Southerland, Suthrland, Suttherlandd, Sutterland, Stherland, Sutheerland, Sautherland, Siutherland, Suther Land, Sutherlandd, Sutherloand



The first recorded spelling of the surname of Sutherland can be found in the country of Scotland. One person by the name of Davie de Sothirlandae was named in the Register of the Holy Trinity Monastery, which is located in Scone, Scotland. The mention occurred in the year of 1332, under the reign of one King David II of Scotland, who ruled from the year 1329 to the year of 1371. Other mentions of the surname of Sutherland can also be found within the country of Scotland. One person by the name of Nicolas of Sothyrland was named as having a land charter, which he received from his brother, who was the Earl of Sothyrland in the year of 1360, while in the year of 1364, one person by the name of Maurice de Sotherland, another brother of the Earl of Sothyrland, and who was allowed to travel to England during war. Other mentions of the surname of Sutherland include one Alexander Sutherland, who was the vicar of Westray, Scotland, in the year of 1441. In the year of 1770 in the month of May, one person by the name of Forbes Sutherland, who was a sailor from the county of Aberdeenshire, was the first Briton to be buried on Australian soil.

United States of America:

During the 1600’s, many European citizens migrated to the United States of America in search of a better life. The United States promised a freedom from religious persecution, better living conditions, and the ability to own land. This large movement of people was referred to as The European Migration. The first person to arrive in the United States who bore the surname of Sutherland did not arrive until the year of 1736. This could be because of the poor living conditions on the transport vessels from Europe to the United States. These vessels were often overcrowded, and people on board were riddled with diseases. Those who did make it to the New World often arrived sick, emaciated, and starving. The first person to arrive in the United States who bore the surname of Sutherland was one Joseph Sutherland, who landed in the state of Connecticut in the year of 1736. Shortly after him, in the year of 1738, one Anna Sutherland arrived in the state of New York.


Here is the population distribution of the last name Sutherland: United States 35,782; Canada 13,847; England 12,847; Australia 9,466; South Africa 9,369; Scotland 8,867; New Zealand 4,537; Jamaica 3,445; Cambodia 1,368; Ghana 1,198

Notable People:

Thomas Sutherland (1931-2016) who served as the Scottish Dean of Agriculture and the University of Beirut in Lebanon, and who was kidnapped and then released after being held captive for 2353 days

Roderick Dhu Sutherland (1862-1915) who served as a Representative from the state of Nebraska in the 5th District from the year 1897 to the year 1901, and who was a politician from America

Solomon Sutherland, who was a Member of the New York State Assembly from Dutchess County from the year 1795 to the year 1796, and who served as a Member of the New York State Assembly in the Middle District from the year 1800 to the year 1803, and who was a politician from America

Thomas Sutherland, who served as the Village President of Fort Gratiot, in the state of Michigan in the year of 1883

Vervie Pontious Sutherland (born in 1882) who served as he U.S. Consular Agent in Nueva Gerona from the year 1910 to the year 1916

W. A. Sutherland, who was a Delegate to the Republican National Convention from the state of California in the year of 1920, and who was a Republican politician from America

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Foree, co. Caithness). Motto—Sans peur. Gu. three mullets or, within a bordure wary of the last. Crest—A cat saliant ppr.
2) (Lord Duffus). Motto—Butt sicker. Gu. a boar’s head erased betw. three mullets, two and one, and aa many crosses crosslet fitchee, one and two or. Crest—A stag’s head ppr. collared or. Supporters—A talbot ar. collared gu. and a horse ar.
3) (Kinstearie, co. Nairn). Motto—Still without fear. As Lord Duffus within a bordure or. Crest—A cat saliant ppr.

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