Fitchet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Fitchet is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a person of iron point which may have been made in reference to a soldier or warrior. The surname Fitchet originally derived from the Old English word Fiche which referred to iron point. One source claims that the name could have been Norman in origin from "Fitz or Le Fils."  And another claims the name was from "the Flemish, Vits; a personal name." 
At times, sources disagree as to the origin of a surname. This is one of those names. Regardless of the aforementioned origins noted above, Harrison and Lower, two reputable authors on the study of surnames note the name could have been derived from a nickname, as in the "polecat" from the Middle English word "fitchett" meaning "polecat."   Conversely Reaney, another noted author notes "the common derivation of Fitch and Fitchett from the polecat is untenable."  In this case, we agree with the latter author who postulates the name was derived from Fiche, "iron point."
Early Origins of the Fitchet family
The surname Fitchet was first found in Essex where "the name has long been established."  However, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list scattered listings of the family by that time: Gilbert Fiz in Cambridgeshire; Walter Fiz in Bedfordshire; and William Fiz in Somerset. 
Important Dates for the Fitchet family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitchet research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1300, 1359, 1398, 1612, 1704, 1638 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Fitchet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fitchet Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Fitchet has appeared include Fitch, Fitchett, Fitchitt, Fittch, Fitche, Fitchet, Fitchit, Fitz, Fitts and many more.
Early Notables of the Fitchet family (pre 1700)
Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fitchet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fitchet family to Ireland
Some of the Fitchet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fitchet migration to Canada
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Fitchet arrived in North America very early:
Fitchet Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Joseph Fitchet U.E. who settled in Eastern District, Cornwall, Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York 
- Mr. Richard Fitchet U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontairo c. 1786 
- Mr. James Fitchet U.E., "Fitchett" who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontairo c. 1786 
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