Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a person who worked in a kitchen as a cook or server. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.
Early Origins of the Kitchingmen family
Yorkshire where they held a family seat from medieval times.
Early History of the Kitchingmen family
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Kitchingmen Spelling Variations
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 Kitchingmen include Kitchingham, Kitchenman, Kitchinman, Kitchingman, Kycheman, Kychenman, Kechynman and many more.
Early Notables of the Kitchingmen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kitchingmen family to the New World and Oceana
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 Kitchingmen were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: William Kitchinman who settled in Virginia in 1738 and James Kitchenman who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1848.
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