The Celtic name of Gittus 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 Gittus family
The surname Gittus 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 Gittus family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gittus research.Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1402 and 1405 are included under the topic Early Gittus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gittus Spelling Variations
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales
, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. Early variations of Welsh
surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic
, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh
names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations
were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Gittus have included 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 Gittus 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 Gittus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gittus family to Ireland
Some of the Gittus 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 Gittus family to the New World and Oceana
North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh
people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Gittus:
Gittus Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- William Gittus, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States from Birmingham, England, in 1907
- Elsie E. Gittus, aged 23, who landed in America from West Kirby, England, in 1920
Gittus Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Charles Gittus, aged 38, a shoemaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
- Caroline Gittus, aged 35, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
- Charles Gittus, aged 10, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
- Clarisa Gittus, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
- Louis Gittus, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874