Hutchinson Surname Genealogy
Hugh, itself Norman
French in origin from the word hug
meaning “heart or soul.” St. Hugh of
Lincoln founded the first Carthusian monastery in England in the late
century and the popularity of the name was in part due to him.
accounts give Hutchinson a much earlier Viking origin.
to form Hutchin with “son.”
The Scottish spelling of the name is Hutchison. Hutchinsons
outnumber Hutchisons by two and a half times today.
Hutchinson Resources on
- The Hutchinsons of Bank House Farm
Hutchinsons of Great Ayton in Yorkshire.
- Hutchinson Family History
Hutchinsons from Yorkshire to Canada.
- Stranocum Hall
Hutchinsons in Antrim.
- Richard Hutchinson
Hutchinsons in Salem.
- Hutchinson DNA Project
The Hutchinson name in
England ran down the east coast, from Northumberland in the north to
Lincolnshire in the south. Hutchinsons here accounted for almost
70% of the Hutchinsons in the 1881 census.
Hutchinsons of Bishop Middleham near Sedgefield were first
recorded in 1559, although family accounts suggest that they might have
been there from a much earlier time. They were yeoman farmers who
did well. Thomas Hutchinson was able to acquire Witton House near
Stockton in 1705.
Tom Hutchinson, related to this family, was
living in a farmhouse at Sockburn near Darlington in 1799. He was
in some way also related to the poet William Wordsworth whom his sister
Mary married. Wordsworth’s fellow poet Coleridge fell in love
with the other sister Sara. But nothing was possible except poems
was already married.
Another Hutchinson family can be traced to Richard Hutchinson who
acquired the Dryburn estate near Durham in 1596. John Hutchinson
this line was mayor of Durham in 1714. However, the family
declined after that time and his grandson John sold Dryburn in 1760.
One Hutchinson line was said to have begun
with Squire Bernard Hutchinson in the hamlet of Cowlam in the East
Riding in the early/mid 1300’s. However,
sources have Cowlam as a medieval village that had been deserted after
the arrival of
the Black Death around this time.
According to Perley Derby’s 1870 book The Hutchinson Family:
family is that Anthony Hutchinson of Cowlam in Yorkshire, living around
had eight sons. The second of these
sons, Thomas, went south to Owthorpe in Nottinghamshire and founded the
from which sprung the Parliamentarian John Hutchinson who signed King
death warrant. Another son Richard went
to Ireland and eventually founded the Hely Hutchinson Lord Donoughmore
line.Unfortunately, apart from tradition, proof of the above
and the founding
of most of the major branches of these Hutchinsons in Britain is sadly
John Hutchinson and his half brother Charles both held the
Owthorpe estate, John until his death in prison, possibly from
poisoning, in 1664 and Charles
later afterwards. There were Hutchinson descendants from Charles
Hutchinson and from a later related Hutchinson, Nicolas of Southwell in
Nottinghamshire. Jeremy Hutchinson, descended from Nicolas, was
made a Baron and died in 2017 at the grand age of 102.
While the above Hutchinsons may have originated in east Yorkshire, the
larger numbers have been and still are in north Yorkshire. Their
- Hutchinsons who first appeared in Great
Ayton records in 1631. These Hutchinsons
were for generations farm laborers. But by
the 1850’s Thomas Hutchinson had
become prosperous enough to take over the Bank House farm.
- Hutchinsons who were yeoman farmers at
Spennithorne near Middleham in the 1670’s. John
Hutchinson, born there, became a prominent Biblical
- the Hutchinsons in Egton near
Whitby who were Catholic and therefore appeared on recusant lists. The earliest reference here was to Robert
Hutchinson and his wife Barbara in 1674. The
family continued to be recorded as recusants until 1780.
Hutchinson descendants emigrated to Canada in
- the Hutchinson line at
Grewelthorpe in Kirkby Malzeard parish which began with Peter
Hutchinson, a yeoman
farmer of Moorheads who was born around 1739. He
lived to be 102 (some say 105), dying there in 1841.
- Sir Jonathan
Hutchinson, the famous Victorian medical practitioner, who was born
into a Quaker
cloth-trading family at Selby in 1828.
- while a Hutchinson family in Ripon came
originally from Alston in Cumbria. William
Hutchinson qualified as a solicitor in Ripon in 1876
his practice there. His business passed
to his son Charles and grandson Michael who each practiced for fifty
John Hutchinson, born around 1515, was
the mayor of Lincoln in 1564. His son Edward, living in Alford,
was a mercer. After his death in 1632 Edward’s widow Susanna and
five of his nine surviving children departed for New England.
Scotland. Hutchison is the spelling in Scotland, also
found on the east coast – in Fife primarily before
exdending inland to Edinburgh and Glasgow. Among those from Fife were:
- Thomas Hutchison who was born in Kinghorn in 1796, the
son of a cattle
breeder. He made his money as a wine
merchant in Leith outside of Edinburgh. In
1850 he bought the Carlowrie estate in West Lothian and
there a large castle in Scottish baronial style. His
grandson Thomas was Provost of Edinburgh
- Hutchison’s which was established in Fife in 1830
when Robert Hutchison began
trading in grain, flax, butter and flour from the harborside at
Kirkcaldy. They were flour millers there from the 1850’s until
the company was sold in 1972.
Alexander Hutchison who was a farmer and corn merchant
born in Kirkcaldy in 1838. His son
Robert, created Baron Hutchison of Montrose, was a World War One
Hutchison is also a name of the Orkney islands. An
early example was Robert Hutchison who was born in Orphir in
1715. Four generations of Hutchisons manned the lighthouse
at Fair Isle, from 1840 to 1988.
Ireland. Hutchinsons in Ireland were generally of Scottish
or English extraction.
Scottish. William Hutchinson came to Stranocum in north
Antrim from Glasgow as early as 1598.
His descendant George Hutchinson was active in putting down the
Irish Rebellion of 1798, earning him locally the nickname of Bloody
Hutchinson. Stanocum Hall stayed with
the family until 1856.
was born in county Down in 1694, the son of a Scots-Irish Presbyterian
minister. He is considered one
of the philosophical founding fathers of
the 18th century Scottish Enlightenment.
English. Edward Hutchinson
arrived from England sometime in the 1660’s and made his home at
House near Clonmel in Tipperary.
Although his direct male line ended, the
Hutchinson name was maintained through Christiana Nickson, heiress to
estate. Her son was created Baron
Hutchinson in 1801.
Francis Hutchinson, who wrote a famous book in
England debunking witchcraft persecutions, arrived in 1721 as the
Down and Connor. His son Samuel was the
Bishop of Killala, his grandson Sir Francis of Castle Sallagh in
a baronet in 1782.
America. The early Hutchinson arrivals were into New England.
New England. William
and Anne Hutchinson who came
with their family from Lincolnshire in 1634 were important figures in
development of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Anne’s strong religious
convictions proved to be at odds with the established Puritan clergy
she and William departed in 1638 to form a new settlement in what would
Both William and Anne had died by 1643 and their son Edward then
to Boston to make peace with the authorities there.
He was the forebear of a family of Boston
merchants that culminated in Thomas Hutchinson, the Loyalist Governor
Massachusetts who was forced into exile in England in 1774.
England immigrant, Richard Hutchinson from Nottinghamshire, also
arrived in 1634
and made his home in Salem, Massachusetts.
His son Joseph was one of the principal prosecutors of the Salem
trials. The Hutchinsons remained in
Salem until 1734 and the main line then settled in Milford, New
- one line through Samuel Hutchinson moved in the 1760’s to
- while another later line out of
Massachusetts led to Benjamin Hutchinson, a grain speculator and banker
in Chicago in the 1870’s. His son Charles helped found the Art
Institute of Chicago in the early 1900’s.
Hutchinson meanwhile had arrived on the Arabella
with the Winthrop fleet in 1630. His
descendants settled in Lebanon, Connecticut.
Holmes Hutchinson moved to Utica, New York in 1819 and worked as
engineer in the building of the Erie canal.
His son Charles was the mayor of Utica in 1875.
Elsewhere. The Hutchinsons who came to
Charleston, South Carolina sometime in the 1670’s were descended from
John Hutchinson, the regicide. Dr. John
Hutchinson was a prominent physician in the town in the early 1700’s. His descendant Mathias founded in the late
1700’s what became the town of Summerville, South Carolina. Hutchinsons later dispersed. Some
remained in South Carolina, others
departed for Kentucky and Texas.
William and Ann Hutchinson were recorded as
living in Milford, New Jersey from the early 1700’s.
Hutchinson, born in 1699, lived to be 101.
Four of her grandchildren became Methodist ministers.
John Hutcheson later
Hutchinson, Scots Irish from Ulster, arrived in Philadelphia around
was an early settler in Augusta county, Virginia. By
1746 he was operating a grist mill at
Christians Creek there. Another Scots
Irish family, headed by William Hutchinson, came to South Carolina in
1770’s and settled in what became Laurens county. Their
history was told in Frederick
Hutchinson’s 1947 book The Hutchinson
Family of Laurens County.
Hutchinsons in Canada could be of English,
Scottish or Irish origin.
John Hutchinson and his family from north Yorkshire
had originally emigrated to America but, being Loyalists, diverted
to Nova Scotia in 1788. Their
descendants settled in Morristown NS in the 1830’s.
George Hutchinson became well known as a
traveling architect in the early 1900’s.
The Hutchinson orchards are showplaces in Morristown today.
Hutchison, a newly accredited surgeon in Scotland, arrived in Canada in
and was an early settler in Peterborough, Ontario.
His stone house there, built in 1837, has
been preserved as a museum. John died
during the typhoid epidemic in 1847.
Meanwhile George Hutchinson, Scots Irish from county Cavan, came
Argenteuil, Quebec with his family in the late 1820’s.
Hutchisons made an early impression in Jamaica.
Lewis Hutchison arrived in the 1760’s to head an estate there
Edinburgh Castle. But he soon became
known as the Mad Master of Edinburgh Castle because of his killing
sprees. David Hutchison from Ayr meanwhile
Coffee Grove plantation in Manchester, Jamaica in the early 1800’s.
William Hutchinson from London was a classic example of a
Australia who made good. Transported to
Australia on the Hillsborough in
1799, he was soon convicted of theft in Sydney and dispatched to the
settlement on Norfolk Island. But he
later became a successful businessman in Sydney and had extensive land
as well. He died in 1846 a rich man.
If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:
Anne Hutchinson was an important
Puritan spiritual leader of early New England, later banished for
beliefs to Rhode Island.
Francis Hutcheson, born in Ulster, is
of the philosophical founding fathers of the 18th century Scottish
William Hutchinson, a mariner and
based in Liverpool, helped
establish the world’s first lifeboat station at Formby in
Lancashire in the late 1700’s.
The Hutchinson Family Singers were
an American family singing group from New Hampshire who became the
entertainers in the 1840’s.
Charles Hutchinson was a prominent
Chicago business leader best remembered today as the founding president
Art Institute of Chicago in the early 1900’s.
Select Hutchinsons Today
- 41,000 in the UK (most numerous
- 28,000 in America (most numerous in Texas)
- 28,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada)
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