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Fitchett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Fitchett is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that was 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 Fitchett 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
And another claims the name was from "the Flemish, Vits; a personal name." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.

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." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
[4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Conversely Reaney, another noted author notes "the common derivation of Fitch and Fitchett from the polecat is untenable." [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
In this case, we agree with the latter author who postulates the name was derived from Fiche, "iron point."



Early Origins of the Fitchett family


The surname Fitchett was first found in Essex where "the name has long been established." [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
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. [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Early History of the Fitchett family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitchett 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 Fitchett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fitchett Spelling Variations


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Fitchett has undergone many spelling variations, including Fitch, Fitchett, Fitchitt, Fittch, Fitche, Fitchet, Fitchit, Fitz, Fitts and many more.

Early Notables of the Fitchett family (pre 1700)


Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fitchett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Fitchett family to Ireland


Some of the Fitchett 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.

Migration of the Fitchett family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Fitchett were among those contributors:

Fitchett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Fitchett, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Fitchett, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Jon Fitchett, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Fitchett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William and Rebecca Fitchett, who settled in Philadelphia in 1773

Fitchett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Fitchett, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Joseph Fitchett, who landed in Alabama in 1858 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Alfred Fitchett, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1860 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Fitchett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Fitchett, aged 26, who landed in America from Arbroath, in 1903
  • Winifred Fitchett, aged 30, who emigrated to America from London, in 1905
  • William Fitchett, aged 29, who landed in America from London, in 1906
  • Allan Fitchett, aged 17, who landed in America from Sheffield, England, in 1907
  • George Wm. Fitchett, aged 21, who landed in America from Sheffield, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fitchett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James Fitchett U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. James Fitchett Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Fitchett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ashton Fitchett, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship London
  • John Fitchett, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship London
  • William Fitchett, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship London
  • John Fitchett, aged 33, a painter, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Louiza Fitchett, aged 32, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Fitchett (post 1700)


  • Keith Fitchett (b. 1946), English Liberal Democrat politician in the London Borough of Lambeth
  • John Fitchett (1776-1838), English poet, his first work at the age of 18 "Bewsey, a Poem" had considerable success
  • John Fitchett (b. 1880), English footballer
  • William Henry Fitchett (1841-1928), Australian journalist, minister, newspaper editor, educator and founding president of the Methodist Ladies' College, Melbourne
  • Frederick Fitchett (1854-1930), New Zealand Member of Parliament from Dunedin, Otago
  • The Right Reverend William Alfred Robertson Fitchett (1872-1952), New Zealand Anglican priest, Bishop of Dunedin (1934 to 1952)
  • Michael Fitchett (b. 1982), New Zealand professional basketball player
  • Michael King Fitchett (b. 1927), Australian former first-class cricket and Australian rules football player
  • Keith Fitchett (b. 1946), British Liberal Democrat politician

Historic Events for the Fitchett family



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Edward Fitchett, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [10]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html

The Fitchett Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Esperance
Motto Translation: Hope.


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Citations


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  7. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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