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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, 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.

Kight Early Origins



The surname Kight 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.

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Kight Spelling Variations


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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 and others.

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Kight Early History


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Kight Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kight research. Another 187 words (13 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 Kight History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kight Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kight Early Notables (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...

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kight Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kight In Ireland


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Kight In Ireland



Some of the Kight family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kight (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kight (post 1700)



  • Brigadier General Richard T. Kight (1913-2001), Commander of the U.S. Air Rescue Service (1946 to 1952)
  • Kelvin Kight (b. 1982), American football wide receiver
  • Lenore M. Kight (1911-2000), American Olympic silver and bronze medalist swimmer
  • Dylan Kight (b. 1984), American singer-songwriter
  • Morris Kight (1919-2003), American gay rights pioneer and peace activist
  • Jonny Kight (b. 1980), English actor
  • Charlotte Kight (b. 1988), New Zealand netball player

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    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. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    11. ...

    The Kight Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kight 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.

    This page was last modified on 7 May 2017 at 16:35.

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