The Celtic name of Gittas was derived from the rugged landscape of Wales
. This old, proud name is from the Welsh personal name
Gethin. According to some experts, this forename is derived from the word "cethin," which means "dusky" or "dark."
Early Origins of the Gittas family
The surname Gittas was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor near Malpas. The main stem of the family is said to be descended from David Goch, a Welsh chieftain
, Lord of Penmachno of Fedwdeg. One of the oldest records of the name was Rhys Gethin (died 1405), Welsh
standard bearer and a leading general in the revolt of Owain Glyndwr in which he led an army which captured several castles in South Wales; and later Ieuan Gethin ap Ieuan ap Lleision ( fl.
c. 1450) was a Welsh
language poet and gentleman from Baglan, Glamorgan. A large number of his own poems remain in existence today.
Early History of the Gittas family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gittas research.Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1402 and 1405 are included under the topic Early Gittas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gittas Spelling Variations
surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh
variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh
surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh
names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations
of particular Welsh
names are very important. The surname Gittas has occasionally been spelled Gethin, Gethyn, Gethyns, Gethyng, Gethings, Gething, Gethinge, Getting, Gettings, Gittings, Gittens, Gittins, Gidding, Giddings, Gettins, Giddens, Giddins, Gidden, Giddens, Gettens, Gitting and many more.
Early Notables of the Gittas family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Rhys Gethin (died 1405), key figure in the revolt of Owain Glyndwr, standard bearer and a leading general, took part in the crucial Welsh
victory... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gittas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gittas family to Ireland
Some of the Gittas family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gittas family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Gittas: James, George, and Jane Giddins settled in Boston in 1635; John Giddin(g)s settled in Ipswich in 1653; Edward Giddons settled in Philadelphia in 1773. Adam, James and John Gittens arrived in New York in 1854..