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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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Where did the English Fitz family come from? What is the English Fitz family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fitz family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fitz family history?

The name Fitz comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a person of iron point which may have been made in reference to a soldier or warrior. The surname Fitz originally derived from the Old English word Fiche which referred to iron point.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Fitz has undergone many spelling variations, including Fitch, Fitchett, Fitchitt, Fittch, Fitche, Fitchet, Fitchit, Fitz, Fitts and many more.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitz research. Another 209 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1300, 1359, 1398, 1612, 1704, 1638 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Fitz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 81 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fitz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Fitz family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Fitz were among those contributors:

Fitz Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Fitz, who landed in Salisbury, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Richard Fitz, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1672
  • Benjamin Fitz, who landed in Reading, Massachusetts in 1689

Fitz Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Johan Peter Fitz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750

Fitz Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Johan Fitz, who arrived in Arkansas in 1897

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Esperance
Motto Translation: Hope.

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The Fitz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fitz Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 14 March 2014 at 10:02.

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