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The surname Chitty was first found in Northampton 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 year 1273 when Nicholas Kitte held estates in that shire.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Chitty, Chittie, Chyttie, Chytty, Kitty, Kittie, Chitterling, Kitterling, Chitterly, Kitterly, Chytterly, Chitter and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chitty research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1455, 1487, and 1580 are included under the topic Early Chitty History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chitty Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Abraham Chitty, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682

Chitty Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • George Chitty, who landed in America in 1760-1763

Chitty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • William Henry Chitty, aged 32, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1911
  • William George Chitty, aged 27, who arrived in America from Bournemouth, England, in 1912
  • William Edwin Chitty, aged 43, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1914
  • Maggie Chitty, aged 28, who arrived in America from Belvedere, England, in 1915
  • Albert Chitty, aged 23, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1915


Chitty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • F Chitty landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Jane
  • Frederick Chitty arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Jane" in 1841
  • Charles Chitty arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Thomas Chitty, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Walter Chitty arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bulwark" in 1872


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  • Edward Chitty (1804-1863), English legal reporter, third son of Joseph Chitty the elder
  • Derwas James Chitty (1901-1971), English Anglican priest, member of the Fellowship of Saint Alban and Saint Sergius
  • Thomas Chitty (1802-1878), English lawyer and legal writer, son of Joseph Chitty
  • Sir Joseph William Chitty (1828-1899), English cricketer, rower, judge and Liberal politician, second son of Thomas Chitty
  • Erik Chitty (1907-1977), English film and television actor, best known for his role as "Mr. Smith" in Please Sir!
  • Joseph Chitty (1775-1841), English lawyer and legal author
  • Mr. George Henry Chitty (d. 1912), aged 52, English Baker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Archibald George Chitty (d. 1912), aged 28, English Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Ernest Chitty (1883-1948), New Zealand Anglican clergyman, tutor and organist
  • Air Commodore Jon Chitty OBE RAF, British Commandant of the Air Training Corps (2002-2003), Commandant Air Cadets (2002-2005)

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  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. 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.
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Chitty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chitty 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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