Kett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the Kett surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person who had acquired the nickname of the kite, which was originally derived from the Old English word cyta, which means wild and insatiable. In this case the original bearer of the surname earned this name due to their wild, and high-spirited nature.

Early Origins of the Kett family

The surname Kett was first found in Gloucestershire where they were of the early west country landed gentry. Although, there is also early record of them in the East, where a Richard Kete was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1166.

Early History of the Kett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kett research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1632, 1660, 1766, 1549, 1549, 1547, 1589, 1761, 1766, 1537, 1513, 1521, 1521 and 1537 are included under the topic Early Kett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kett Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Kett are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Kett include: Kyte, Kite, Keyt, Keyte, Kight and others.

Early Notables of the Kett family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Robert "Ben" Kett, an English yeoman farmer in Norfolk who joined rebels as their leader in what was later to be known as Kett's Rebellion on July 8th 1549; he was later tried for treason and...
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Ireland Migration of the Kett family to Ireland

Some of the Kett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Kett migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kett or a variant listed above:

Kett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Kett, aged 22, who landed in St Christopher in 1634 [1]
  • William Kett, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [1]
  • Benjamin Kett, aged 19, who landed in Maryland in 1684 [1]
Kett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ferdinand Kett, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874 [1]

Australia Kett migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Kett (post 1700) +

  • Henry Kett (1761-1825), English clergyman, academic and writer
  • Ms. Julia Elizabeth Kett M.B.E., British recipient of the Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to British Nationals in France [3]
  • Tony Kett (1951-2009), Irish Fianna Fáil politician and member of Seanad Éireann
  • William Hedley Kett DSC and Bar (1913-2014), British submariner who commanded two ships during the Second World War

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th January 2020). Retrieved from
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook
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