Not surprisingly, the Kitchan surname is thought to have originally been an occupational
name for a cook, deriving from the Old English word "cycen."
Early Origins of the Kitchan family
The surname Kitchan was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. Early rolls revealed Henry atte
Kychene c. 1300 and Richard del Kechin. The Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379 lists Johannes del Kechyn; Johannes del Kuchyn; and Thomas del Kichyn. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Kitchan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kitchan research.Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1477 and 1563 are included under the topic Early Kitchan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kitchan Spelling Variations
During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Kitchan occurred in many references, and spelling variations
of the name found included Kitchen, Ketchin, Kitching, Kitchiner, Kitchener and others.
Early Notables of the Kitchan family (pre 1700)
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kitchan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kitchan family to Ireland
Some of the Kitchan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 174 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 Kitchan family to the New World and Oceana
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland
many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Kitchan, or a spelling variation of the surname include: John Kitchen, who settled in Salem in 1630; Nicholas Kitchen settled in Barbados in 1654; Joseph Kitchin settled in Virginia in 1635; John Kitchin settled in New England