The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Kait came from the name Christopher,
is a pet form. The name Kait is a diminutive,
which is an expression relating to smallness in size or endearment, of the name. The most common diminutive suffixes are ot, et, un, in, el.
Double diminutives are also formed from these suffixes, such as Hamelin, Roblett, Adnett, or Turkentine. Names ending in cock
became used more frequently in the mid-13th century and in the 14th century, they became extremely common.
Early Origins of the Kait family
The surname Kait was first found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Kait family
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Kait Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Kait family name include Kitt, Kit, Kitts, Kitte, Kyt, Kytte and others.
Early Notables of the Kait family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kait family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Kait surname or a spelling variation of the name include: William Kitts who sailed to Virginia in 1717; Michael Kitts to Pennsylvania in 1773; Henry Kitts to Philadelphia in 1844 and Peter Kitt to Philadelphia in 1859..