This is an English locational surname which generally originates from the village of 'Clutton' in Cheshire, but some nameholders it is thought may derive from the village of Clutton in Somerset. 'Clutton' (Cheshire) is recorded as far back as the 1086 Domesday Book, being registered there in the spelling of 'Clutone'. The derivation is believed to be from the Olde English 'Clud-tun' and to translate as the 'farm on the hill', however it is possible that it could mean 'the farm (tun) by a temple'. The coat of arms was granted in Cheshire and all early recordings are found in that county. The blazon of the Coat of Arms has a silver field, charged with a black chevron between three red mullets. Early examples of the name recording include Thomas Clutton of Nantwich in 1575, John Clutten of Carden, Cheshire in 1595, and Thomas Clutton of Eaton Green, Cheshire, in the Wills Record of the county for 1686. Out of the county recordings include Jane Clutton, who married Joseph Francis Fearon at St Georges Chapel, Hanover Square, London, in 1793. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Urian Clutton, which was dated 1533, who died at Nantwich, Cheshire, during the reign of King Henry V111, known as 'Bluff King Hal', 1510 - 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.