Fite History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Fite family

The surname Fite was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Important Dates for the Fite family

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Fite Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Fite has been recorded under many different variations, including Fitter, Fitler, Fiter and others.

Early Notables of the Fite family (pre 1700)

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Fite migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Fite or a variant listed above:

Fite Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian Fite, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1777
  • Andrew Fite, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1779
Fite Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Fite, who settled in Maryland in 1826
  • Charles Fite, who arrived in Maryland in 1826 [1]
  • Michael Fite, who settled in Kentucky in 1840
  • Philip Fite, who settled in Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Philip Fite, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Fite (post 1700)

  • Samuel McClary Fite (1816-1875), American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives for Tennessee's 4th congressional district
  • Ernest Rankin Fite (1916-1980), American politician, Alabama state legislator and attorney
  • Harvey Fite (1903-1976), American sculptor, painter and earth artist
  • Robert "Bobby" Nelson Fite (b. 1968), American former film and television actor
  • Tim Fite, born Timothy Sullivan, an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist
  • Julian K. Fite, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1977-80 [2]
  • Fred Fite, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1916 [2]
  • Ernest B. Fite, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1928 [2]
  • Emerson D. Fite (b. 1874), American Republican politician, College professor; Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County 2nd District, 1934-43 [2]
  • A. W. Fite, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1928 [2]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 24) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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