Origin of the name ‘Sutcliffe’
First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The name was originally spelled Cartcliff, later becoming Skatcliffe, late Scaytcliffe, later Scaitliffe, later Scaytcliffe, later Skaitcliff, and later particularly when the branches included Yorkshire, Sutcliffe. From about 1470 the Crossleys acquired Skatclyffe Hall in the parish of Rochdale in Lancashire, and continued a series of intermarriages with their cousins in Yorkshire.
The name Sutcliffe is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the area known as Sutcliffe which had three locations in the county of Yorkshire. The surname Sutcliffe is a habitation name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname originated as a means of identifying individuals from a particular area. In the Middle Ages people often assumed the name of the place that they originally lived as their surname during the course of travel. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English words sùd meaning south and clif meaning slope or cliff. Therefore the original bearers of the name were referred to as the dwellers by the south cliffs.
Peter Sutcliffe was born in Bingley, West Yorkshire. The name ‘Peter’ means ‘rock’ from Latin ‘petra’ and Greek ‘petros’.
‘Rock of South Cliff’.
Peter Sutcliffe of Yorkshire may not be related to the Yorkshire Sutcliffe family. James Savile of Leeds may not be related to the Leeds Savile family.