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

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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.

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.


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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.

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

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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

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  • Cindy Hite, American Emmy award winning Vocalist, Guitarist and Songwriter/Composer
  • Molly Hite, American who teaches 20th-century fiction, feminist theory and creative writing at Cornell University
  • Shere Hite, German (American born) feminist and author
  • Robert Ernest "Bob" "The Bear" Hite (1943-1981), American lead singer of the blues-rock band, Canned Heat
  • Kenneth Hite (b. 1965), American writer and role-playing game designer
  • Les Hite (1903-1962), American jazz bandleader
  • Robert Woodson "Wood" Hite, American outlaw and cousin of Frank and Jesse James
  • Robert J. Hite (b. 1984), American professional basketball player
  • Mattie Hite (1890-1935), American blues singer
  • Kathy Hite (b. 1948), American professional golfer

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  • 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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  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The Hite Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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 30 March 2015 at 16:15.

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