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The surname Hite was first found in Derbyshire, where the name appeared in the late 13th century. The Hite name, like many surnames, is probably topographical in origin, referring to someone who lived at the height, or summit of a hill. Another possibility is that the name referred to a characteristic of its first bearer, in this case probably the fact that he was tall.

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Height, Hite, Hight, Hyte and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hite research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1275 and 1279 are included under the topic Early Hite History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Hite Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Hite or a variant listed above:

Hite Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jost Hite, who arrived in New York in 1710
  • Peter Hite, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Peter Hite, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Anna Elisabeth Hite, aged 3, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733

  • Robert L. Hite (1920-2015), American World War II aviator, member of the Doolittle Raider on 18 April 1942, the first air raid to strike the Japanese Home Islands
  • Bob Hite Sr. (1914-2000), American radio and television announcer, voice-over artist, and news anchor
  • Charles Jackson Hite (1876-1914), American businessman and film producer
  • Robert Hite (b. 1956), American visual artist
  • David L. Hite (1923-2004), American clarinetist, teacher, and designer of clarinet mouthpieces
  • Kathy Hite (b. 1948), American professional golfer
  • Mattie Hite (1890-1935), American blues singer
  • Robert J. Hite (b. 1984), American professional basketball player
  • Robert Woodson "Wood" Hite, American outlaw and cousin of Frank and Jesse James
  • Les Hite (1903-1962), American jazz bandleader
  • ...

  • Jost Hite-From the Neckar to the Shenandoah by Ralph Connor.
  • German Origins of Jost Hite, Virginia Pioneer, 1685-1761 by Henry Z. Jones.

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    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Hite Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Hite 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 10 February 2016 at 10:23.

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