Kitson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the name Kitson are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from Kit, a diminutive of the name Christopher. After the Norman Conquest of 1066, Old English personal names declined in popularity to be replaced by the new Christian names that they brought with them. One of these was Christopher.
Early Origins of the Kitson family
The surname Kitson was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Kitson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kitson research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1359, 1520, 1835, 1911, 1907, 1485 and 1540 are included under the topic Early Kitson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kitson Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Kitson has been spelled many different ways, including Kitson, Kidson, Kydson, MacKett, MacCeit and others.
Early Notables of the Kitson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kitson family to Ireland
Some of the Kitson 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.
Kitson migration to the United States +
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Kitsons to arrive in North America:
Kitson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Merma Kitson, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 
- Marmaduke Kitson, who settled in Virginia in 1639
- Marmaduke Kitson, who landed in Virginia in 1639 
Kitson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Mary Kitson, who settled in Virginia in 1768
Kitson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mark Kitson, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1827 
- Nathan Kitson, who landed in Indiana in 1834 
- George, James, Nathan and Thomas Kitson, who all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
Kitson migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Kitson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Kitson, aged 25, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sultana" 
- Henry Kitson, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Confiance" 
- Bridget Kitson, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Confiance" 
Kitson 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:
Kitson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Kitson, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Robert Kitson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
- William Kitson, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875
Contemporary Notables of the name Kitson (post 1700) +
- Frank Kitson (1872-1930), American professional baseball player
- James Kitson (1835-1911), British Chemist, created Lord Airedale in 1907
- Sir Timothy Peter Geoffrey Kitson (b. 1931), British politician, member of the UK Parliament
- Harold Austin Kitson (1874-1951), South African tennis player, who won a gold medal at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics
- Thomas Kitson Cromwell (1792-1870), English dissenting minister and antiquary
- Richard Kitson Sledge (b. 1930), retired American Anglican priest
Historic Events for the Kitson family +
- Mr. Herbert Kitson (1875-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking 
- Miss Monica Kitson (1910-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking 
- Mrs. Ada Mary Kitson (1884-1914), née Long Canadian Third Class Passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking 
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)
- ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sultana1852.shtml
- ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 13th September 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/confiance1854.shtml.
- ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html