Chittendon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Chittendon date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Chittendon family lived in the village of Crotynden (Crittenden or Cruttenden) in West Kent. This lost village is thought to have derived its name from the Old English personal name Gu(dh)here + Old English "-ing" and "denn," literally meaning "person living near a woodland pasture." (Oxford)

Another source claims the name was derived from "the cot on the lower hill; from cru, a cot; tane, lower, and dun or din, a hill; or it may be the chalk hill, from krit, Saxon, chalk." [1]

Early Origins of the Chittendon family

The surname Chittendon was first found in West Kent at Crittenden. While this is the generally accepted origin of the name one source claims the family originally "came from Criddon, formerly Critendone (Cridela's hill), in Shropshire." [2]

Early History of the Chittendon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chittendon research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 148 and 1481 are included under the topic Early Chittendon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chittendon Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Chittendon are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Chittendon include: Crittenden, Cruttenden, Critenden, Crutenden and many more.

Early Notables of the Chittendon family (pre 1700)

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United States Chittendon migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Chittendon or a variant listed above:

Chittendon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Chittendon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]
  • Mrs. Chittendon, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860 [3]


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ 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)


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