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The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Fitts. It was given to a person of iron point which may have been made in reference to a soldier or warrior. The surname Fitts originally derived from the Old English word Fiche which referred to iron point.

Fitts Early Origins



The surname Fitts was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times.

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Fitts Spelling Variations


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Fitts 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 Fitts has appeared include Fitch, Fitchett, Fitchitt, Fittch, Fitche, Fitchet, Fitchit, Fitz, Fitts and many more.

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Fitts Early History


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Fitts Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitts research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1300, 1359, 1398, 1612, 1704, 1638 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Fitts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fitts Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fitts Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Fitts In Ireland


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Fitts In Ireland



Some of the Fitts family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words (2 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



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 Fitts arrived in North America very early:

Fitts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alice Fitts settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Alice Fitts, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Fitts, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Robert Fitts, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Zachary Fitts, who landed in Reading, Massachusetts in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fitts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • R Fitts, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860

Fitts Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Fitts, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fitts (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fitts (post 1700)



  • Buron Rogers Fitts (1895-1973), American politician, 29th Lieutenant Governor of California (1927 to 1928)
  • Rick Fitts, American television and film actor, known for his numerous appearances in shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Knight Rider, Simon & Simon, The A-Team, Hill Street Blues, Jake and the Fatman and many more
  • Paul M. Fitts (1912-1965), American psychologist at Ohio State University
  • Jon Fitts, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 6th District, 2010
  • John H. Fitts, American Republican politician, Elected Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hampton 1926
  • James R. Fitts, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 2008
  • Henry L. Fitts (b. 1862), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Calgary, 1926-31
  • George R. Fitts, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1920
  • Fred H. Fitts, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hampton; Elected 1920
  • Clarke C. Fitts (b. 1870), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives, 1904; Vermont State Attorney General, 1904-08
  • ... (Another 10 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: Esperance
Motto Translation: Hope.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. 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. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    11. ...

    The Fitts Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fitts 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.

    This page was last modified on 24 February 2016 at 14:08.

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