Last name: Agutter

Recorded as Aguter, Agutter, Gother, Gouthier, Goutier, Gouter, and possibly others, this is a rare surname. It can be either French of Roman origins, or English of French and also Roman origins. It was probably introduced into the British Isles after the Norman-French Conquest of 1066, but could have entered a thousand years earlier with the Romans. It is a name which is recognized through much of the world because of the famous actress Jenny Agutter. "Rare" in etymological terms describes a name which has fewer than two thousand nameholders, and this certainly seems to be the case with this surname. It is not recorded in any of the popular dictionaries of British surnames, although it does appear in Hanks & Hodges "A Dictionary of Surnames" which is believed to record over seventy thousand names world wide. Unfortunately it rarely quotes any sources or reference points. This surname derives from the Latin word "guttaria" and the later French "goutiere", and means a channel or pipe, and hence the modern word gutter. As such it could be topographical and describe a person who lived by "a gutter" or possibly be occupational for a maker of pipes or waterways. It is unclear as to when the surname was first recorded although William Gother appears in the register of St Martins Ludgate in the city of London, on December 20th 1607, whilst Radulphi Agutter and his wife Elizabeth are recorded at the famous church of St Martins in the Field, Westminster, on September 25th 1676.

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Jeremy Evans
Ralph Aguttar was a violin maker in the Strand "over against Villers-street" - he advertised for the recovery of a chequered ivory and ebony "Gittar", London Gazette 20:9:1683. He also advertised for the recovery of a "black Leather Violin Case, with a Violin in it, that is all Inlade on the sides with Grey-hounds and Birds ; and within it a printed inscription in Latin, of the place where it was made, and on the finger board, in graven on Mother of Pearl, the Howards Coat of Arms …". London Gazette 8:6:1685.

Colin Boylett
There are earlier mentions of the 'Agutter' name. The National Archives have a document referring to a 'John Agutter of Wollaston, yeoman' dated 30 September 1592. There are also earlier parish records in places like Earls Barton in Northants . My mother was an 'Agutter'. As is usually the case this site does not research properly.

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