Kitlee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Kitlee name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the settlement of Keighley in the West Riding of Yorkshire.   The surname Kitlee belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Kitlee family
The surname Kitlee was first found in Yorkshire at Keighley, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the E. division of the wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewcross.  The first listing of the place name was Chichelai in the Domesday Book of 1086. 
"This place, anciently Kyghelay, was for many generations the property of the Kyghelay family, who either gave their name to, or derived it from, the manor; and of whom Gilbertus Kyghelay, of Utley, was buried here in 1203, according to an inscription on a stone still remaining in the parish church. In the reign of Edward I. Henry de Kyghelay, a member of the family, obtained the grant of a weekly market and an annual fair, with privilege of free warren for the inhabitants." 
The first on record was found in the Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I. : Henry Kighele, Lancashire, I Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III.) 
Henry de Kythelay was also found in Yorkshire in the 14th century. 
Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes de Kyghelay as holding lands there at that time.  A well-educated family, the Register of the University of Oxford had two early entries for the family: John Kighlye, Lincolnshire, 1576: and Philip Kyghley, or Kygleye, Worcestershire, 1583.
Early History of the Kitlee family
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Kitlee Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Kitlee has undergone many spelling variations, including Keightley, Keighley, Keitley, Keightly and others.
Early Notables of the Kitlee family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Keightley (1650-1719), an English courtier and official in Ireland, Vice-Treasurer of Ireland in 1686, Commissioner of the Irish Revenue (1692), progenitor of the family in Ireland. He was the "son of William Keightley (b. 1621) of Hertingfordbury, Hertfordshire, by his wife Anne, daughter of John Williams of London, whom he married in 1648 (Chester, Marriage Licenses, ed. Foster, p. 783). His paternal grandfather...
Migration of the Kitlee family to Ireland
Some of the Kitlee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Kitlee family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Kitlee were among those contributors: William Keightley, who settled in Jamaica in 1661; Thomas Keightley settled in Newcastle Co. Del. in 1854; James, John, Maria, Robert, Samuel, Violetta, and William Keightly all arrived in Philadelphia between 1820 and 1878..