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

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

Kittle is an ancient Viking-Scottish name derived from the old Norse personal name of Ketill or from the old Danish personal name of Ketil.

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Scottish names from the Middle Ages vary enormously in their spellings. This is a result of the fact that there were no universal standards like dictionaries for scribes to judge by. The recorded spelling variations of the name Kittle include Kettle, Ketley, Kettles, Ketill and others.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kittle research. Another 157 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kittle History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kittle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Kittle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Settlers found farms all along the eastern part of what would become the United States and Canada. They provided a base and a backbone that would strengthen two great nations in the making. In the 20th century, the ancestors of those brave Scots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and Scottish historical societies. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Kittle or a variant listed above, including:

Kittle Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Peter Kittle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1755

Kittle Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • George Kittle, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Mary Kittle, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Sam'l. P. Kittle, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • John C. Kittle, aged 13, who emigrated to America, in 1896
  • J. O. Kittle, aged 19, who settled in America from London, in 1896

Kittle Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • John Kittle, aged 44, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1904
  • Arthur Kittle, aged 29, who landed in America from Clacton, England, in 1909
  • Arthur J. Kittle, aged 33, who settled in America from Clacton-on-Sea, in 1914
  • Cecil Kittle, aged 29, who landed in America from Cowes, Isle-of-Wight, England, in 1914
  • James Kittle, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States from Plymouth, in 1918


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  • Hubert Milton "Hub" Kittle (1917-2004), American baseball pitcher
  • Katrina Kittle, American novelist
  • Ronald Dale "Ron" Kittle (b. 1958), former Major League Baseball left fielder and designated hitter


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  • Some Descendants of Four Pioneer Families by Eleanor R. Lewis.
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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: Bono vince malum
Motto Translation: Overcome evil with good.

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The Kittle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kittle 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.

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