Kight History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kight is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Kight was a name used for a person who had acquired the nickname of the kite, which was originally derived from the Old English word cyta, referring to the "kite" the bird of prey. [1] [2] In this case the original bearer of the surname earned this name due to their wild, and high-spirited nature.

Early Origins of the Kight family

The surname Kight was first found in Norfolk where Richard Kete was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1166. Years later, Richard Kyte was listed in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1243; William Ket in the Hundredorum Rolls for Norfolk in 1275; Peter le Kyte in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1327; and John Kette in the Subsidy Rolls for Cumberland in 1327. Ralph atte Kete was found in the Pipe Rolls for Kent in 1292. [3]

In Yorkshire, Hugo Kyte was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [4] Again in Norfolk, but much later, John Kyte, was Rector of Wolferton in 1507. [5]

Early History of the Kight family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kight research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1632, 1660, 1766, 1739, 1783, 1790, 1549, 1549, 1483, 1547, 1589, 1761, 1766, 1537, 1513, 1521, 1521, 1537 and 1537 are included under the topic Early Kight History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kight Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Kight include Kyte, Kite, Keyt, Keyte, Kight, Kyteson and others.

Early Notables of the Kight 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 hanged from the walls of Norwich Castle on 7 December 1549. He "was a member of an old Norman family...
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Kight Ranking

In the United States, the name Kight is the 7,400th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Kight family to Ireland

Some of the Kight family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 165 words (12 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 Kight family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Kight were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Ann Kite who settled in Virginia in 1660; John Kite settled in Virginia in 1656; Patience Kite settled in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1718; Charles and James Kite settled in Pennsylvania in 1773.


Contemporary Notables of the name Kight (post 1700) +

  • Dylan Kight (b. 1984), American singer-songwriter, known for his albums Feel The Silence (2005), Sweet Misery (2006), No Destination but Heartbreak Ave. (2006) and The Nightbirds Revolt (2007) and Places in Between (2010)
  • Kody Kight (b. 1993), American actor from Portsmouth, Virginia, known for TURN: Washington's Spies (2014) and House of Cards (2013)
  • Carey Kight, American writer, director, producer, and actor known for Crushing It (2019), The Sun Shines at Night (2019), and An Actor Prepares (2017)
  • Arielle Kight, American actor, known for Forty Shades of Blue (2005)
  • Eugenia Gail "E.G." Kight (b. 1966), American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and songwriter, known for her work with George Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Luther Allison, B.B. King, and many more
  • Lenore M. Kight (1911-2000), American Olympic silver and bronze medalist swimmer in the 1930s, inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1981
  • Kelvin Kight (b. 1982), American former football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for 4 seasons (2004-2007)
  • Brigadier General Richard T. Kight (1913-2001), Commander of the U.S. Air Rescue Service (1946 to 1952)
  • Morris Kight (1919-2003), American gay rights pioneer and peace activist
  • Dr Caitlin "CR" Kight, English Senior Academic Developer a the University of Exeter
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm


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