The name Killitch is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in Kilnwick or Kilnwick Percy in the East Riding of Yorkshire
. They are now found in Humberside, a new county formed after the reorganization of local
government in England
in 1974. The place-name is based on the Old English personal name
Cylla, and means "farm of a man named Cylla." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Kilnwick was recorded as Chileuuit CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
in the Domesday Book
in 1086, and as Killingwic
in the 12th century. Kilnwick Percy was named Chelingewic
in 1086, as is recorded in the Domesday Book
. The surname means "of Kilnwick."
Early Origins of the Killitch family
The surname Killitch was first found in Yorkshire
at Kilnwick (or Kilnwick-on-the-Wolds), a village and parish in the Yorkshire
Wolds. "Many provincial dialects drop the final N of Kiln; and the W in the termination, as in War(w)ick, Nor(w)ich." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Killitch family
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Killitch 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 Killitch 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Killitch include: Killick, Killwick, Killik, Killicke and others.
Early Notables of the Killitch family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Killitch family to the New World and Oceana
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 Killitch or a variant listed above: James Killicke settled in Virginia in 1648.