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McNutt Family History

This very interesting surname recorded in the spellings of MacNutt, McNutt, Nutt, Nott, and the diminutive Nutkins, has several possible origins. It may be Gaelic Irish, and when from Londonderry where most are to be found, is generally accepted as being ultimately of Scottish origins from McNaught. However some researchers claim this is not so, and that it is from O' Dowd, a purely Irish name. The second is English and occupational for a farmer or merchant of nuts from the Olde English 'cnut' . 'Nuts formed a significant and vital role in the winter diet of the ancient peoples, and large areas of woodland were intensively farmed to provide these essential fruits.

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Linda Jacobo

I have New York Smith ancestors from the late 1700's to mid 1800's with McNutt as their middle name. After 15 years of searching, I have not been able to track who and/or where this distinct name originated. Considering naming patterns during that time frame, can anyone offer any suggestions? In 3 generations, it seems to be the oldest son that was given McNutt as middle name. I appreciate any info that you can offer.

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