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Carruthers, sometimes Caruthers, is a Scottish surname and clan, originating from the lands of Carruthers in Dumfriesshire.

The place name is derived from the Cumbric for "Rhydderch's fort" possibly in reference to Riderch I of Alt Clut.[1][2]

As of 19 August 2019, Dr Simon Peter Carruthers of Holmains was confirmed as Chief of the Name and Arms of Carruthers by the Lord Lyon King of Arms in Edinburgh, Scotland.[3]

The family and clan are represented internationally by the Clan Carruthers Society International (CCSI); its website is[4] The Society was founded in January 2017 and is officially recognised by the Chief of Carruthers as representing the worldwide Carruthers family. It has regional representatives in Australia, Canada, Europe, U.K. and the US. CCSI is non-commercial, apolitical and non-partisan and is open to any member of the international Carruthers family and derivatives of that name. The Society is based in the United Kingdom, but is represented by an international Executive Council made up of senior members from the regions.[5][6]

In Louisiana, Carruthers has evolved into Credeur, a gallicized form of the name;[7] it is a common surname today in the southern part of the state.

Notable people with the surname[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Carruthers Field, American military airbase at Benbrook, Texas, near Fort Worth, during World War I
  • Clan Carruthers, a Border Reiver Clan and Family originating in the West March of the Anglo-Scottish Borders, Annandale, Dumfriesshire.


  1. ^ Basil Cottle, ed. (1978). The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames (second ed.). Penguin. pp. 84.
  2. ^ Black, George F. (1946). The Surnames of Scotland. The New York Public Library. pp. 138. ISBN 1-874744-07-6.
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