The Fitten name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in Fitton, in Cambridgeshire
. The place-name shows the mark of the Danish influence on England
before the Middle Ages. Fitton is derived from the Old Norse word fit,
which means field, and the Old English word tun,
for farm or fort. It literally means "fort among the fields," and was probably the site of a Danish army camp sometime in the 9th to 10th centuries.
Early Origins of the Fitten family
The surname Fitten was first found in Cheshire
where they acquired the estates of Bolyn on the Welsh
border about the year 1100 soon after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D. Conjecturally this family may have been descended from the Ancient Britons
, or Welsh
Rufford, Lancashire was an early homestead of the family. "A moiety of this manor appears to have been granted in the reign of Henry I., by Richard Bussel, the second Baron of Penwortham, to Richard Fitun or Fitton. John Fitton, his great-grandson, was also lord of half of Rufford; and the grandson of the latter, by a charter without date, gave the moiety of the town to his daughter Matilda, or Maud. This Matilda married Sir William Hesketh; and by the marriage of Sir William's grandson with the heiress of Edmund Fitton, lord of half Rufford, he became sole lord of the manor, which has since been vested in his descendants. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Fitten family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitten research.Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1370, 1643, 1643, 1572, 1619, 1603, 1643, 1548, 1527, 1579, 1548, 1606, 1630, 1698, 1687 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Fitten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fitten 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 Fitten has undergone many spelling variations
, including Fitton, Fiton, Fytton, Fyton and others.
Early Notables of the Fitten family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Edward Fitton, 1st Baronet
(1572-1619); and Sir Edward Fitton (1603-1643), 2nd Baronet
, of Gawsworth Hall Cheshire
, who died without issue. He... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fitten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fitten family to Ireland
Some of the Fitten family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Fitten 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 Fitten were among those contributors:
Fitten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Fitten, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Fitten (post 1700)
- Tom Fitten, American politician, Representative from New York 36th District, 1902, 1904 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 24) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Fitten 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: Vae duplici cordi
Motto Translation: Woe to the deceitful heart