Kitchen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Not surprisingly, the Kitchen surname is thought to have originally been an occupational name for a cook, deriving from the Old English word "cycen."

Early Origins of the Kitchen family

The surname Kitchen 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. [1]

Early History of the Kitchen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kitchen research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1477 and 1563 are included under the topic Early Kitchen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kitchen Spelling Variations

The name Kitchen, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Kitchen, Ketchin, Kitching, Kitchiner, Kitchener and others.

Early Notables of the Kitchen family (pre 1700)

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kitchen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Kitchen family to Ireland

Some of the Kitchen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Kitchen migration to the United States +

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Kitchen family, or who bore a variation of the surname Kitchen were

Kitchen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Kitchen, who settled in Salem in 1630
  • Dorothy Kitchen, who arrived in Maryland in 1652 [2]
  • Nicholas Kitchen, who settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Hugh Kitchen, who landed in Virginia in 1661 [2]
Kitchen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Matthew Kitchen, who arrived in New York in 1832 [2]
  • Mathew Kitchen, who landed in New York in 1835 [2]
  • A B Kitchen, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • Edward Kitchen, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • G W Kitchen, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kitchen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Andrew Kitchen, who landed in Alabama in 1918 [2]

Canada Kitchen migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kitchen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Richard Kitchen, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. Kitchen Thomas U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 we is listed as murdered in 1799 [3]
Kitchen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Henry Kitchen, who landed in Canada in 1840
  • John Kitchen, who arrived in Canada in 1841
  • John G Kitchen, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Australia Kitchen migration to Australia +

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

Kitchen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Kitchen, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Andrew Kitchen, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Ann Kitchen, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • David Kitchen, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Macedon" in 1849 [7]
  • Daniel Kitchen, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Kitchen migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kitchen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Kitchen, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860

Contemporary Notables of the name Kitchen (post 1700) +

  • Curtis Kitchen (b. 1964), retired American professional basketball player
  • Michael Kitchen (b. 1948), English actor, best known for his role as Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle in the drama series Foyle's War since 2002 and for his role as Bill Tanner in two James Bond films
  • Ashley Kitchen (b. 1988), English footballer
  • Michael Peter Kitchen (b. 1954), former English professional footballer
  • Martin Kitchen, Professor Emeritus of history at Simon Fraser University
  • Joseph Kitchen, English footballer
  • William Percy "Bill" Kitchen (1960-2012), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Michael "the Kitch" Kitchen (b. 1956), Canadian former defenceman and former head coach in the NHL, older brother of retired hockey player Bill Kitchen
  • Walter Kitchen (1912-1988), Canadian ice hockey player who competed in the 1936 Winter Olympics
  • Lauren Kitchen (b. 1990), Australian professional racing cyclist
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Geoff Kitchen, British aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [9]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Harry Kitchen, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]


Suggested Readings for the name Kitchen +

  • 1143 The Kitchen Family by Lennie M. Carter.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MACEDON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Macedon.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEBONHEATH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Stebonheath.htm
  9. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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