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Hitch Early Origins



The surname Hitch was first found in Buckinghamshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Hitch who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Hitch Spelling Variations


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Hitch Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Hitche, Hitch, Hitches, Hytch, Hyche, Hyches and others.

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Hitch Early History


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Hitch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hitch research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1279, 1510, 1600 and 1139 are included under the topic Early Hitch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hitch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hitch Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Hitch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Hitch or a variant listed above:

Hitch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Hitch, who landed in Indiana in 1848
  • E Hitch, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855

Hitch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • O.J. Hitch arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849
  • Henry James Hitch, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"
  • Joseph Hitch, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Carnatic"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hitch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hitch (post 1700)



  • Charles J. Hitch (1910-1995), American Assistant Secretary of Defense (1961 to 1965), President of the University of California (19671975)
  • Frederick Hitch VC (1856-1913), English recipient of the Victoria Cross for his actions at the Battle of Rorke's Drift
  • John William "Bill" Hitch (1886-1965), English cricketer who played for Surrey and England from Radcliffe, Lancashire
  • Brian Hitch (1932-2004), British diplomat, High Commissioner to Malta (1988 through 1991)
  • Frederick Brook Hitch (1897-1957), British sculptor, Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, son of Nathaniel Hitch
  • Nathaniel Hitch (1845-1938), British sculptor, known for his work in Cathedrals including Bristol Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral and more
  • Neon Hitch (b. 1984), British singer and songwriter from Nottingham
  • Bryan Hitch (b. 1970), British comic book artist, known for his work on Ultimate Avengers (2006) and Doctor Who (2005)
  • Professor Graham Hitch, British Professor of psychology at the University of York, best known for co-developing the Working Memory Model

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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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The Hitch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hitch 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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