This interesting surname of English origin is a diminutive of the nickname Foot, given to a person with some peculiarity of the foot, derived from the Middle English, Old English pre 7th Century "fot", or in some cases from the Old Norse byname "Fotr". Variations in the idiom of the spelling include Footie, Futtie, Fewtie, Futty, etc. The surname dates back to the early 16th Century, (see below). Further recordings include one Edmund Futtie who was christened on January 24th 1546, in North Burton, Yorkshire.Anthony Futtie married Sarah Hill on July 18th 1614, in London, and Robert, son of John Footie, was christened on September 10th 1626, at St. Giles, Cripplegate, London. John son of Robert and Mary Futtey was christened on October 13th 1733 at St. Mary's, Whitechapel, London, and Mary, daughter of John Futty, was christened on March 4th 1770, in Scalby near Scarborough, Yorkshire. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Fewtie witnessed the christening of his daughter Annas, which was dated 1539, North Burton, Yorkshire, during the reign of King Henry V111, "Good King Hal", 1509 - 1547. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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