Kitle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Viking-Scottish name Kitle is derived from the old Norse personal name of Ketill or from the old Danish personal name of Ketil.

Early Origins of the Kitle family

The surname Kitle was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland.

However, one of the first records of the family was found further south in England where William Ketel ( fl. 1100) was a medieval English writer and clergyman. Little is known of him other than he wrote a work containing miraculous stories about Saint John of Beverley. He is presumed to have been clerk of Beverley Minster at that time.

Early History of the Kitle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kitle research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kitle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kitle Spelling Variations

The spellings of Scottish names dating from the medieval era often bear little resemblance to those seen today. They vary enormously because scribes in that time spelled according to their ears. Some spelling variations of the name Kitle include Kettle, Ketley, Kettles, Ketill and others.

Early Notables of the Kitle family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Kitle family to Ireland

Some of the Kitle 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 Kitle migration to the United States +

The farms of Scottish settlers soon dotted the east coast of the colonies that would become the nations of the United States and Canada. Many of those migrants and their children went on to play important roles in the founding the great nations of North America. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Kitle or a variant listed above, including:

Kitle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hance Adam Kitle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]


The Kitle Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Bono vince malum
Motto Translation: Overcome evil with good.


  1. ^ 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)


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