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Fitton is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Fitton family once 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.

Fitton Early Origins



The surname Fitton 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 race. 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. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Fitton Spelling Variations


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Fitton Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fitton family name include Fitton, Fiton, Fytton, Fyton and others.

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Fitton Early History


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Fitton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitton research. Another 423 words (30 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 Fitton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fitton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fitton Early Notables (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 Fitton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fitton In Ireland


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Fitton In Ireland



Some of the Fitton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Fitton surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Fitton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Fitton settled in Barbados in 1683

Fitton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Fitton, who landed in New England in 1750

Fitton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Isaac and William Fitton settled in Baltimore, Maryland in 1823
  • Robert Fitton, who arrived in Virginia in 1861
  • Edmund, John, and R. G. M. Fitton settled in Pennsylvania between 1844 and 1873
  • James Fitton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • H. Fitton, aged 10, who settled in America, in 1896

Fitton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Horace Fitton, aged 46, who landed in America from London, England, in 1909
  • Catherine Fitton, aged 40, who landed in America from Haydock, England, in 1909
  • Charles Fitton, aged 24, who emigrated to America from Oldham, England, in 1909
  • Florence Fitton, aged 16, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1909
  • Alice Fitton, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Buckley, Wales, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fitton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Fitton, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fitton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fitton (post 1700)



  • James Fitton (1805-1881), American Catholic priest and missionary
  • Frederick Fitton (1905-1970), English professional association footballer
  • Hedley Fitton (1859-1929), English engraver and printmaker, noted mainly for his architectural etchings
  • John Dexter Fitton (b. 1965), former English cricketer
  • Michael Fitton (1766-1852), English lieutenant in the Royal Navy who captured some 30 to 40 enemy vessels in his career
  • Edwin Robin Fitton (1928-1970), English Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, killed at the Nürburgring during practice for the 1970 West German Grand Prix
  • Darrell "Bola" Fitton, English electronic musician from Manchester
  • George Arthur Fitton (1902-1984), English footballer
  • Darryl Fitton (b. 1962), English professional darts player
  • Gordon F. Fitton, British Antarctic Survey general assistant at Adelaide Station, 1961–1662, eponym of Fitton Rock, Antarctica
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Fitton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fitton 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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