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The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Kite. It was given to 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.

Kite Early Origins



The surname Kite 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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Kite Spelling Variations


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Kite Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Kite has appeared include Kyte, Kite, Keyt, Keyte, Kight and others.

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Kite Early History


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Kite Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kite 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 Kite History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kite Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kite 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 Kite Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kite In Ireland


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Kite In Ireland



Some of the Kite 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



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Kite arrived in North America very early:

Kite Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Kite, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • John Kite settled in Virginia in 1656
  • Ann Kite who settled in Virginia in 1660
  • William Kite, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Kite Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Kite, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Mary Kite, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Patience Kite settled in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1718
  • Charles and James Kite settled in Pennsylvania in 1773
  • James Kite, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kite Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • E Kite, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • John Kite, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1871

Kite Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Kite arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Rajasthan.htm
  • Mary Kite arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Rajasthan.htm
  • Joseph Kite arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Rajasthan.htm
  • Sarah Kite arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Rajasthan.htm
  • Stephen Kite arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Rajasthan.htm

Kite Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Kite, aged 25, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Pricilla Kite, aged 18, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Kite arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Michael Kite, aged 18, a farm labourer, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • John Kite, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kite (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kite (post 1700)



  • William Kite (b. 1825), English 19th-century circus performer, best known as being the "Mr. Kite," inspiration for the the Beatles song "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"
  • William Frederick Kite (1921-1999), English highly decorated British Army soldier
  • Ross Ernest Kite (1931-2004), Australian rugby league player who represented Australia (1956-1957)
  • Brent Kite (b. 1981), Australian rugby league player from Queanbeyan, New South Wales
  • Thomas Oliver "Tom" Kite Jr. (b. 1949), American PGA Champion Golfer, winner of 19 PGA Tour victories

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Kite Historic Events


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Kite Historic Events




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Kite Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Rajasthan.htm

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  11. ...

The Kite Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kite 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 27 January 2016 at 09:57.

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