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Origins Available: English, Irish


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

Fitz Early Origins



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

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Fitz Spelling Variations


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Fitz 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 Fitz has undergone many spelling variations, including Fitch, Fitchett, Fitchitt, Fittch, Fitche, Fitchet, Fitchit, Fitz, Fitts and many more.

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Fitz Early History


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Fitz Early History



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

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Fitz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fitz Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Fitz In Ireland


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Fitz In Ireland



Some of the Fitz 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


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The Great Migration



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 Fitz were among those contributors:

Fitz Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Fitz, who landed in Salisbury, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Richard Fitz, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1672
  • Benjamin Fitz, who landed in Reading, Massachusetts in 1689

Fitz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Peter Fitz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750

Fitz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johan Fitz, who arrived in Arkansas in 1897

Fitz Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Titus Fitz U.E. who settled in Kingston, Ontario c. 1784 he was a Blacksmith [1]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

Fitz Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Fitz arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ramillies" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fitz (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fitz (post 1700)



  • Rudolph H. Fitz, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 1st District, 1864
  • Margaret Fitz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1980

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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. 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.
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The Fitz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fitz 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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